NYPD Detective, Peter Getz rescued a five-year-old Josibelk Aponte in 1998 from a raging fire in an apartment building.
Getz not only got the kid out- he then saved her life a second time by performing CPR.
He stayed in touch with the girl’s family for a while but they fell out of contact.
Ten years later Getz got a Facebook message.
“Honestly, a lump came in my throat,” Getz said, describing to the Washington Post how he felt when Aponte reached out. “I mean, I always remembered her.”
After catching up Aponte had a request. She wanted her savior to attend her college graduation ceremony.
“To see the outcome, to see how successful she’s been, makes my heart beat faster,” Getz said.
Aponte will remember her rescuer forever.
“Not many people can or are willing to put themselves in danger to save others,” she said to Hartford Courant.