Police Officer Saves Baby's Life, Attends Her Wedding 20 Years Later

"This is one job you don't forget about."

New York police officer Capt. Joseph Barca first met Shammarah Hamideh 20 years ago, when she was two months old and choking to death. Barca saved her life that day, and now, two decades later, he's back--not to rescue her, but to watch her get married.

"He's very considerate," Hamideh told the Journal News. "Every year on my birthday, he sends me a card and a check. They treat me like I'm their daughter."

Hamideh will marry in Chicago later this month. Barca is set to attend with his wife, Helen; he'll have the opportunity to celebrate Hamideh's big day--a day that, were it not for him, Hamideh might not have survived to see.

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On Dec. 28, 1993, Barca responded to a call about a two-month-old girl who wasn't breathing. Rushing to her Linden Street home, Barca took the baby from her father, Mahmoud Hamideh, and struck her on the back and took resuscitative measures until she coughed up a wad of mucus.

"By the time she was in the emergency room, she was breathing on her own," Barca told the newspaper.

Now, Barca says that Hamideh's parents (who are Palestinian-American) refer to him as her American father. And when Hamideh marries on Aug. 17, he'll get to see the tangible, life-changing impact of his work.

"This is one job you don't forget about," Barca said of that night in 1993, and from the sound of it, neither did the girl he rescued.

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This is the kind of story we shoul hear more often! Sure does brighten my day!

August 14 2014 at 2:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Whar beautiful news.
So emotional.
God bless all.


August 12 2014 at 3:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

City of Yonkers Police Dept. Capt. Joe Barca was always a pleasure working with you. Though late in life - you deserve this article. The Frog !

August 12 2014 at 3:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Do stories get better than this, folks ?....

There are caring cops with hearts out there, after all - and this guy's continuing of staying in touch with this family says everything about him !

We need more people like him in the world, and may this gentleman be an inspiration to the Police Force, worl-wide.


August 12 2014 at 2:50 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

We need to hear more stories like this about triumphant police officers doing a good job, not always hearing about the bad acts of a few questionable cops!!

August 12 2014 at 2:21 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Great story.

August 12 2014 at 2:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

He is a Yonkers police officer.

August 12 2014 at 12:15 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Nice to read about something so positive - brings to light the fact that there are many more good people out there than bad - we just don't hear about them.

August 12 2014 at 11:51 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

So glad to read stories like this, most times everything is so negative these days...

August 12 2014 at 11:26 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
Antie Sober

rare breed. God bless him.

August 12 2014 at 10:29 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Antie Sober's comment

Not so "rare."

99.99% of cops, fire persons, military, doctors, emts, and others are good people.

The only reason you might consider him a "rare breed" is because 99.99% of the time the media will chose to report or the .01% who dishonor their field.

Then there's politicians!

August 12 2014 at 1:55 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to posthuf's comment

Great Post, you are so correct. The media only cares about selling newspapers and they always love to stir people up. On CNN last night two of the reporters almost broke down reporting the missouri incident. But they never got as emotional reporting the death of American Soldiers. the female stated she believes there is a pattern of deaths of young blacks. I guess the cop involved in the Staten Island incident called the cop in Missouri. I'll tell you one unfortunate fact . Young Blacks in NYC commit the great majority of homicides every year ages 4months and up. Maybe it's in the papers for one day but Sharpton doesn't do much about that. There are very few people black or white that protest that fact. That to me is real racism. Many people or should I say total lowlifes always use the term Gestapo tactics. These uneducated people don't the first thing about WW2. Posthuf, you are my hero and one intelligent guy.

August 12 2014 at 3:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

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