Police officer to attend wedding of baby he saved

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
A Yonkers police captain will be a guest at the wedding of a baby whose life he saved more than 20 years ago.

Capt. Joseph Barca is pictured with Shammarah Hamideh at her engagement party last year. (Photo: Yonkers Police Department via USA Today)

YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) - A Yonkers police captain will be a guest at the wedding of a baby whose life he saved more than 20 years ago.

The Journal News reports that Capt. Joseph Barca will attend the Aug. 17 wedding of Shammarah Hamideh outside Chicago.

It was Dec. 28, 1993 when Barca responded to a call about a baby not breathing.

Barca took the 2-month-old from her distraught father and performed resuscitation. He hit her back until the obstruction flew out. By the time the baby got to the hospital she was breathing on her own.

Hamideh is a nursing school graduate now. She plans to marry truck driver Mohammed Salah.

She says Barca sends her a birthday card every year and treats her like his own daughter.

A news clipping from when then-Sgt. Joseph Barca was honored for saving the baby's life. (Photo: Yonkers Police Department via USA Today)


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