LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) - Making a call is nothing out of the ordinary for Justina Perez and Gary Baylor, but how the two met is quite the story.
Baylor is retired after a 25-year career with the Lebanon Police Department but still remembers the call that came through his radio 19 years ago. Officers were notified that shots were fired in an apartment complex and a 2-year-old girl was injured in the crossfire.
"The bullet actually had gone through the front of the residence through the couch and struck her in her calf," Baylor said.
"Her mother was crying, 'my baby, my baby,' and I just looked down and saw the child had been struck and saw it was bleeding," Baylor said. "I basically just scooped her up and brought her out to the waiting ambulance."
"Really, I didn't know whatever happened after the incident occurred," he said. "I knew they had left the area."
Nineteen years later, Baylor was packing up boxes and finding countless memories of his time on the force. He found a picture of the day he first met Perez.
"I threw something out on Facebook and it ended up being one of the 911 dispatchers who originally took the call that said, 'Hey, I found her," Baylor said.
Thirty minutes later, Perez was on the other line
"I only saw that picture once and then I saw it on Facebook, and I'm like this is the guy, this is Gary," said Perez, who now goes to school in Brooklyn.
"I'm so grateful for you and having this occupation so I'm able to be here today," she told Baylor. "I am OK, thanks to you."