On October 2nd I posted Hailed A Hero, Buried A Pauper. It was about a man from Florida helping out after Hurricane Ike, who was killed saving three dogs trapped on a Texas highway.
Robert “Bob” Emery had been living alone, estranged from his family officials had noone to contact about his death.
Without anyone to claim his body, this hero risked being buried in a pauper’s grave. All of that has changed, his long lost daughter has been located.
The e-mail from a stranger in Clear Lake was to the point, and an improbable end to a Pittsburgh woman’s 13 years of searching for the father she hadn’t spoken to since she was a kid.
“Is your father’s name Robert Emery? The whole city of Houston is looking for any relatives,” read the message.
Alaina Emery was startled as she stared at a computer screen while in the library at paralegal school.
Trembling and swept with emotion, she misunderstood the reason for the question.
“Why is the entire city of Houston looking for him?” she typed back.
The exchange would quickly lead to Alaina, now 25, realizing her long-lost father was Robert “Bob” Emery, the mysterious Hurricane Ike relief worker killed the night of Sept. 27 as he dashed onto the East Freeway to rescue three dogs stranded in the emergency lane hugging the median.
Robert Emery was a man that had many personal issues, he battled a lifelong drug addiction. A problem that destroyed two marriages and a career as a construction worker. However, regardless of his issues noone was surprised that he risked his life rescuing the dogs. It seems that was the type of person he was.
For his daughter this is obviously a bittersweet ending. In the end, after searching for her dad for many years and never finding him, it was a stranger that found her to let her know what happened to him.
“I am very saddened that I could not find him in life, but somehow he found me in death,” Emery told the Houston Chronicle by phone. “I wanted to hug him, to meet my son.”
We hope now, Robert “Bob” Emery, you can rest in peace.