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A meaningful reunion for officer


Last updated 10/12/2022 at 7:56am | View PDF

Escondido Police Department

Sgt. Valdivia of the Escondido Police Department pins the badge on Deputy Young of El Paso County Sheriff's Office last week. The two were reunited 22 years after Valdivia rescued Young as a baby.

In November of 2000, an Escondido, California, police officer responded to a house in south Escondido to assist state parole with a search. The officer found a little girl (only 6 weeks old) on a bed next to her mother with a meth pipe laying nearby. The little girl was under weight and her mother (only 17 years old) was already struggling with a drug problem. The little girl was a clear neglect victim, so the officer took her from the mother and placed her in protective custody.

Almost 22 years later, that same little girl wanted the officer, Sgt. Valdivia, to know she had been adopted into a loving family and turned out all right, so her mom found the officer (still at Escondido PD) and invited him to Colorado Springs so that he could meet that "little girl" - now Deputy Young - and pin her badge at the El Paso County Sheriff's Academy Graduation last week.


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