Officer Ralph Torres stood alongside Sally as she was placed into foster care and reassured her that everything would be alright. His calm demeanor and gentle embrace was something that stuck with Sally for years.
After graduating from high school and college, Sally always felt as though there was something missing from her life. Upon reflection, Sally determined that her soul was searching for Officer Torres and the type of support he gave her on that terrible day.
Unfortunately, no matter how hard she tried, the strong young woman couldn't find Officer Torres or any contact information.
Even though Sally was never able to get in touch with Officer Torres after that fateful day when she was 14 years old, he rubbed off on her permanently.
Sally pursued a career as a New York City police officer and locked down a job as a transportation officer in the bustling city. Most days she patrols the subways and ensures the riders are comfortable and protected - just as officer Torres made her feel as a teen.
But, as she was standing for roll call one evening before a shift, something strange happened. The police commissioner entered the room and asked if anyone knew an Officer Torres.
The moment Sally heard his name she realized what was happening - Officer Torres was there to surprise her!
Sure enough, in walked the aging officer with a bouquet of roses just for Sally. Instead of running off to work, Sally had the chance catch up with the man who changed her life and discuss how much that moment meant to her!