Cop to see tot he saved in ’94 become a bride – We’re seeing a lot in the news about police brutality and the militarization of the police force – things that terrify the general population and separate us from those who are supposed to protect us. It’s nice to see a reminder that real police officers do serve and protect – and when they do lives are changed for the better.
A young Palestinian-American nursing school graduate in Buffalo and a career police officer from Yonkers ordinarily might not have much in common.
But fate brought the two together 20 years ago, after 2-month-old Shammarah Hamideh went limp and stopped breathing. It was then-Sgt. Joseph Barca who arrived first outside the apartment building where the father stood crying with a lifeless baby in his arms. Barca cleared an airway obstruction and breathed life back into her on the way to the hospital.
On Aug. 17, Hamideh will be married outside Chicago. Barca and his wife, Helen, will be there.
Before graduation, a moment with the mom he never knew – This story made me reach for the tissue. This young man started life with a disadvantage – born on the same day his mother was murdered – but you can tell he wants to do something with his life that would make his mother proud. Graduating from high school is just the first step.
His blue gown swaying in the breeze and a tassel dangling from the mortarboard on his head, Tyshon Malik Williams stood before his mother’s tombstone.
He let himself shed one tear but no more. No crying, he thought, today is a happy day. He knelt in the fresh-cut grass and started talking.
“Mom, I’m graduating today,” he began.