After 20 Years Apart, An NYPD Officer Was Reunited With The Man Who Changed Her Life

"Never undervalue what you do. Throughout the day and throughout your career, you never what effect you're going to have on people."

On May 25, 2017, the New York Police Department Transit District 30's morning roll call was interrupted by a special guest. As the video shows, Retired Officer Ralph Torres surprised Officer Sally Zheng at the precinct — the first time they'd seen each other in 20 years. 

He walked in with a bouquet of flowers for Zheng, who immediately teared up. The two then embraced in a hug as the police officers erupted into applause. 

The first, last, and only time Zheng had seen Torres, she was 14 years old and had just been "placed in foster care," according to the video's text. He helped the young woman through that "difficult day," and his kindness stuck with her as she graduated high school, college, and eventually the police academy. 

Throughout each life milestone, Zheng remembered Torres "as the only positive thing in her life during a dark time." She not only followed through his footsteps, but joined the NYPD with the hope that they'd reconnect. Eventually, a letter Zheng wrote to Torres made its way to him, prompting the reunion. 

"Never undervalue what you do," Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill told the assembled police officers. "Throughout the day and throughout your career, you never what effect you're going to have on people." 

After their heartfelt embrace, the duo went to a private room to spend some one-on-one time catching up. After 20 years, they had a lot of ground to cover. "I'm so glad you're still here," Zheng told Torres in the video.

"I'm still here," he assured her. 

A Plus has reached out to the  Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information for comment.

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