In a touching report, CBSNewYork details a reunion between a woman and the hero who saved her life 20-years ago.
According to the report, Sally Zheng, now a police officer, was in an abusive home when Officer Ralph Torres removed her from the situation.
“He calmed me down,” Zheng recalled. She says that he reassured her, telling her he would protect her and she wouldn’t be harmed in his care.
“For someone who went through many years of abuse, it was the first time I felt safe,” Zheng said.
Torres also spoke of their first meeting, saying 14-year-old Zheng was “a scared little girl.” He reports feeling compelled to help, so he left Zheng his phone number.
Zheng said she lost the number, but was so determined to find Torres that she herself joined the force to make the search easier. Once on the job, she began asking about, “Officer Torres,” and eventually found out where he was.
After 20 years of searching, the two were reunited. Torres was reportedly happy to see Zheng again, and says he plans to be a part of her life. “I just gained another daughter,” he answered.
“I thought maybe in the back of his head, how is that little girl doing, so I want to tell him I’m doing very well. I want to stand in front of him and say I am doing so well, are you proud of me?” Zheng asked Torres.
“Very much so,” he replied.
Zheng said she hopes her story inspires to other foster kids, and that they know there’s always hope.
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