Anthony Grosso, 23, who graduated Thursday from the Police Academy, said retired officer John Delgardo and detective Mark Moran rolled up in a patrol car while he was celebrating his graduation with family and friends and handed him the flowers and ring he used to drop to one knee and propose to Melissa Galassi, 24, the New York Daily News reported Friday.
"Perfect career, perfect girl, perfect day," Grosso said after Galassi accepted his proposal.
Grosso said he was inspired to join the NYPD by police officer relatives who supported him when he developed rheumatic fever and a heart condition at the age of 9 and testicular cancer at the age of 15.
"They came on their days off ... to take me to the hospital and made sure my family was taken care of," Grosso said.
However, Delgardo said he sees things differently.
"He says I'm his hero -- no way," the uncle said. "What he went through in his life, he's my hero."