Part of a K9 unit and counter-terrorism unit, Capretto, was driving on the Kensington towards the Buffalo Airport, when he noticed a car veering and swerving. The driver struck one car, then another, then the wall. The car stopped, and so did Officer Capretto. When the driver emerged, Capretto knew something was seriously wrong.
“At first I thought he was holding a teddy bear,” Capretto said. As he approached he realized it was a limp and naked infant. Capretto grabbed the baby. Cold and lifeless, Capretto wrapped the child in a towel, pressed her to his body and drove straight to ECMC.
|Capretto with baby|
Dr. Mike Manka, chief of emergency medicine, and his crew met Capretto at the hospital. The child was in critical condition.
"Given how cold the baby was, and had there not been the accident and the officer there, the baby would not have survived long in those conditions," Manka said. "Even in the car, it would be hard for a naked child."
|Skipper with baby|
|Zarbo with baby|
It is tough to find a better example of sound police work having a positive, meaningful impact on our community. Here at the Transporter, we are proud to be on Capretto, Skipper and Zarbo’s team.