A U.S. Marine kidnapped as a newborn baby 22 years ago this month has finally met the FBI agent who rescued him.

FBI Special Agent Troy A. Sowers was on the job two months when he rescued Marine Cpl. Stewart Rembert from a dumpster in Tacoma, Washington, on Aug. 23, 1997.

Rembert was a 2-day-old baby when he was kidnapped from a hospital in Tacoma by a woman wearing a white lab coat and posing as a doctor, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

The kidnapper was arrested later that same day and told Sowers where she had abandoned the child, according to the News Sentinel.

Sowers found the baby unharmed in a box in a dumpster, and Rembert was reunited with his parents later that night.

Sowers never forgot about the swaddled baby he found, even as he worked and closed many more cases as an FBI agent for 22 years, WBIR-TV reported.

The reunion took place at Sower’s FBI retirement ceremony on Friday, Aug. 9, in Knoxville, Tennessee.

“Without him, I wouldn’t be where I am today … a United States Marine,” Rembert said, according to the station. “This wouldn’t have happened if you didn’t find me. I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity of a life and being able to put on this uniform every day and be proud of what I do.”

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