Happy Endings: Cop and Abandoned Baby He Helped Rescue Reunited 24 Years Later

Sometimes we have to be reminded that there are good people out there. In this case, Matthew Hegedus-Stewart was the beneficiary of some kind folks who took in and adopted an abandoned baby – and of the South Bend, Indiana, cop who, in 2000, responded to a call concerning a baby abandoned and left in a box.

Now, 24 years later, the South Bend cop and Hegedus-Stewart are enjoying an unexpected reunion.

He found out even so – and how he found out is something of an unexpected twist of fate.

This is one of those stories that makes you feel a little hope for humanity.

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Now it seems the two officers are on the beat in the same South Bend neighborhood. And what’s more, Lieutenant Eyster is realizing another comfort from the reunion.

My father was fond of saying “Everything usually works out for the best in the end,” and while I’ve always admired his optimism (even though these days it can be a challenge) Now, here, out of South Bend, Indiana, is a story that makes us believe that, for just a little bit longer.

That, of course, is the neat thing about small towns and, in this case, a small city, Pete Buttigieg’s mayoral term notwithstanding. In smaller communities, people look out for one another, and while in a city like New York or Los Angeles, such a reunion would have been unlikely at best, you could make a case that in South Bend, it was only a matter of time.

In any case, good for Gene Eyster and good for Matthew Hegedus-Stewart. May they develop a firm friendship that lasts the rest of their lives. They have a connection, after all. And, I would add, good for Matthew’s adoptive parents. When a child needs a home, you give them a home, and it is to their credit that they stepped up and did so.

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