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Brothers Reunited After 24 Year Separation
June 8, 2001

GREEN TREE, PENNSYLVANIA--A friend of mine often says that when the moment is right, angels will appear.

Last week, an angel appeared in the form of a Pennsylvania state licensing inspector. But not in the way you might think.

Al Wilson had not seen his brother Ed since 1977. That's when Al was transferred out of Polk Center, an institution housing people with mental retardation. Ed, who was four years older, had to stay behind.

And even though the brothers have been living outside the institution for several years, they lost track of each other.

"He always said, 'I'm looking for my people'," said Carol Liebold who works in the group home where Al lives.

Last week, Al, now 66, started talking to state licensing inspector Jerry Cannon who was doing a home visit. Al showed Cannon several pieces of paper with the names of family members, most of whom he hadn't seen in decades, written on them.

Cannon recognized one name. "Ed Wilson"

It turns out that not only did Cannon know Ed, he also knew that he lived just 35 miles away.

On Tuesday, Al and Ed were reunited for the first time in 24 years.

"I'm a happy man," said Al, according to this story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

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