Woman Reunites With Officer Who Rescued Her as a Baby

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WESTLAKE, Ohio -- Don Eynon says he was just doing his job. Don't tell that to Cathy Niedetzki.

On July 18, 1946, Don was working as a Cleveland police officer when he received a call to check out a report of an abandoned baby behind a bowling alley on the city's west side.

The baby was Cathy.

Don picked her up, put her in his police cruiser, and drove her to the hospital.

The two finally met on Saturday, nearly 66 years after their first encounter.

"He's my hero, whether he says so or not," Cathy says.

"It's a thrill to meet her," says Don, adding "this is something that doesn't happen every day."

The two had spoken on the phone, but had not seen each other. Then, Cathy saw a death notice for a relative of Don's. She tried to reach him again, and a meeting was finally arranged.

Cathy was adopted as a one year-old, but didn't find out until years later that she had been abandoned at birth. She researched local papers, and found a story about an officer who found a baby on the day she was born.

It turned out to be Don. Cathy went on to get married, have children, and now grandchildren.

"Everything turned out well," she says.

Then she gets up, walks around the table and hugs Don.

"Thank you, thank you. You're my hero."

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