On Thursday evening, Koregan Quintanilla celebrated his recent birthday by meeting Arlington, firefighter Wesley Keck, riding on a fire truck and touring the station.
Koregan was left at the station in 2002 under Texas' Baby Moses law, which allows a parent to leave an unharmed infant up to 60 days old at a fire station or hospital with no questions asked.
His hero: Rebecca Quintanilla, center left, wipes tears from her face as her adopted son Koregan, 10, hugs Arlington Fire Fighter Wesley Keck in their first meeting since he was found at the station
Birthday wish: Koregan, pictured with Mr Keck, had grown up knowing he was adopted and having seen and read reports on his discovery making this moment one he's dreamed of for some time
Surprise: Koregan is seen in his carrier after found by Mr Mr Keck on a cold November morning
Child Protective Services then takes custody of the babies. All states have similar laws, but Texas was the first to create one, signing it into law in 1999. It took effect in 2001.
Mr Keck said he was excited about seeing the boy for the first time since finding a baby carrier outside the station on a cold November morning.
'It was probably around freezing that morning, maybe a few degrees warmer,’ he recalled to KHOU.
Catching sight of the baby carrier, he did a 'double take' before rushing outside into that cold.
'I was worried what I was going to see when I pulled the blanket back,' he admitted.
Moving it aside anyway, he saw the baby, 'sound asleep.'
Reunion: Now 10-years of age, Koregan took a short trip around the neighborhood on a fire truck and also had a tour of the station
He gently picked up the carrier and walked inside to tell his colleagues the shocking news, he said.
'I announced that somebody had left us a gift,' Mr Keck said on Thursday. 'I checked him out, and he seemed fine. I don't remember him crying. I held him, and he slept a lot.
'I have four kids, and some of the other firefighters are fathers, so taking care of babies wasn't new to us.'
Koregan's mother, Rebecca Quintanilla, said the 10-year-old has always known he's adopted and for years has watched TV news footage from when he was found at the fire station.
This year, when his teacher asked students where they wanted to go more than anywhere else in the world, Koregan said 'my fire station,' his mother said. So, she tracked down the firefighter and planned a reunion.
Strapped in: Since 2009 43 babies like Koregan have been dropped off at first stations and hospitals in Texas putting them in the care of Child Protective Services
'He's a very good kid, kind, shy, and he's always giving things away to people,' Mrs Quintanilla said. 'After talking to Mr Keck, I think he's like that. I do believe Koregan has some traits from Mr Keck, although he just spent a few hours with him.'
Since 2009, 43 babies have been dropped off at fire stations and hospitals in Texas, the most recent figures available, said Marissa Gonzales, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
Mrs Quintanilla, who has five other children, all adopted, said she is grateful for the Baby Moses law.
'It's amazing, because there are terrified women who have no idea what to do,' she said. 'There's a window of time when they can make a choice.'
Mr Keck, a firefighter for 26 years, agreed.
'I'm happy the way it turned out,' he said. 'I didn't do anything special. I happened to be in the right place at the right time.'