He didn’t give up. Lopez recently became redetermined to find his daughters, even if it meant traveling across the country. He used his social security money to take the train up to New Jersey, trying to get back to Bradley Beach.
But the trip overwhelmed him, and when he arrived in Secaucus Junction Station, an officer sensed he needed assistance. Sean Pfeifer, a crisis outreach officer, realized what Lopez was doing and stepped in to help him on his way.
“Mr. Lopez was intent on finding his family, and I wanted to make sure that I was there to help him with doing that,” Pfeifer said.
Pfeifer helped Lopez by calling up potential family members. When he reached Angela, she couldn’t believe what was happening.
“I was actually in a parking lot and I had checked my voicemail,” Angela said. “And I’m like, is this a scam or something?”
Angela hadn’t seen her father since she was 10. Kristy hadn’t seen him since she was 17.
But during their tearful reunion with their father, it all came back to them.
“I saw on his face, you know, I remembered the eyes,” Kristy said. “It’s just very nerve-wracking.”
“I was that little girl,” Angela said. Watch the reunion below:
A tearful, heartwarming reunion! NJ Transit Police reunite a homeless man with his family after 24 years!! Jose Lopez not only got to hug his daughters, he met his grandkids for the first time! Lopez was given a shave and a haircut, plus new clothes for the big reunion moment. pic.twitter.com/puIYKRp2QW