NJ Transit Officer Reunites Homeless Man With Family After 24 Years Apart

Erica Brosnan
August 20, 2019 - 7:10 pm
Jose Lopez

NJ Transit


NEWARK (WCBS 880) — A homeless man was reunited with his family who he had not seen in over 24 years last week thanks to the help of a New Jersey Transit officer.

Earlier this month, 61-year-old Jose Lopez made his way from Miami to New Jersey and was discovered by NJ Transit Police Crisis Outreach Officer Sean Pfeifer in the Secaucus Junction station.

The two spoke and Pfeifer decided to help Lopez locate his family and also got him a free haircut, shave and clean clothes to meet his family.

"Officer Pfeifer went above and beyond the call of duty to help this man and reunite him with his family, and we see this type of dedicated service every day from our New Jersey Transit Police," said NJ Transit President and CEO Kevin Corbett.

After dozens of phone calls, Pfeifer located Lopez’s two adult daughters and set up a reunion between the family members at Newark Penn Station on Aug. 15.

"As Officer Pfeifer demonstrated, New Jersey Transit Police do so much more in addition to protecting our customers and employees. They genuinely care for the people in the communities we serve,” Corbett said.

A video posted to NJ Transit’s Twitter showed the emotional reunion between Lopez and his daughters. He also was able to meet some of his grandchildren for the first time ever.

He spent the weekend with his daughter, who lived in Bradley Beach, and told NJ Transit officials he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Lopez is currently working with the PATH Program through the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris County to find permanent housing.