For Yonkers Police Capt. Joseph Barca, Dec. 28, 1993, is a date that will forever stand out in his mind—it was the day he helped resuscitate a "lifeless" baby who had mucus obstructing her tiny airway, reports the Journal News. Now Aug. 17, 2014, is another date that will always hold a special place in Barca's heart: It's the wedding day of the girl he saved. Barca and his wife will attend Sunday's nuptials of Shammarah Hamideh, now 20 and a recent nursing school grad.
When Barca responded to the 1993 emergency call, he found Shammarah's distraught father holding the 2-month-old, who wasn't breathing. His quick actions got air into her lungs and kept her blood flowing; she was breathing on her own by the time she arrived at the ER, notes Barca. Since that fateful day, the Hamideh family has called Barca Shammarah's "American father," and Shammarah tells the Journal News how "sweet" the officer is. "He's very considerate," she says. "Every year on my birthday, he sends me a birthday card and check. They treat me like I'm their daughter."