FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – A veteran Massachusetts State Police trooper has been reunited with the baby whose life he saved more than three decades ago and who is now a state trooper himself.
Sixty-three-year-old Al Balestra on Tuesday met 32-year-old Philip Kucha for the first time since their lives intersected near Logan International Airport on Oct. 18, 1983.
The 10-month-old Kucha started going into convulsions in a car with his parents. Kucha's mother spotted a police cruiser and asked for help. Balestra and a now-retired colleague turned on their sirens and flashing lights and brought the baby to Massachusetts General Hospital.
Kucha, who became a trooper last year, had a letter his mother received in 1983 that included the names of the men who saved his life, and decided to see if they were still on the job.