For the past 50 years, an Orange County Sheriff’s Office sergeant thought he was an only child. Recently not only did Sgt. David Stull discover that he had a half brother, but he found out his sibling also works in law enforcement.
Fifty-year-old Stull, who was adopted as an infant into a military family, used the DNA testing service about a month and a half ago because he wanted to know about his biological parents.
Stull was shocked when the test results telling that he has a half-brother who lives a few hours’ drive away.
The Boynton Beach Police Department (BBPD) said that Officer Eric Reynolds received an email from Stull informing him of the news, according to Fox8.
BBPD said Officer Reynolds himself used 23andMe, a DNA genetic testing company, three years ago to learn more about his family’s ancestry, but he never thought he had other siblings out there (he was the oldest of four).
On July 20, the newly found brothers met for the first time at Stull’s home in Orange County, and were surprised to find their similarities in career choices as well as facial features. Their family dynamics changed forever.
“It was like meeting a clone of me,” Reynolds said. “It was overwhelming and exciting and bit of sadness at the same time. We’ve been texting all the time. We’re alike in so many ways. I have someone I can talk to, trust as brothers and cops. It feels great.”
On Thursday, Aug 1, Stull traveled down to meet Reynolds in Boynton Beach.
“It was pretty stressful, it was emotional, it was sad because I didn’t know the story of his history,” said Officer Reynolds at a news conference on Friday. “We’re still learning so much about each other. It’s amazing.”
Reynolds said that he and his entire family was excited to host Stull.
“It was like waiting for Santa Claus,” he said.
“We’re both retiring soon. We got plenty of time to catch up. I have a chapter. He’s got a chapter. And we got the third chapter to work on,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds, whose mother was a Miami-Dade homicide sergeant for nearly 30 years, didn’t decide to become an officer until after he graduated high school, according to Leo Affairs.
Stull was always sure who he was going to be.
“From the age of 4, I knew I had to be cop,” he said.