An 80-year-old man in Florida received an incredibly thoughtful gift from a couple of local police officers that gave him back a little piece of independence.
Cape Coral Police field training officer Ken Cody and officer trainee Guang Song responded to a report of a stolen bicycle at a Winn Dixie in the southern area of Cape Coral, Florida, on Feb. 18, 2019. That’s when they first met an older gentleman named Robert.
But after the officers learned that the stolen bicycle was Robert’s only mode of transportation, their compassion for the man overflowed.
“After taking the report, both officers couldn’t just allow the victim to be without any way to get around,” the Cape Coral Police Department later wrote on Facebook.
Officers Cody and Song drove to the nearest Walmart and purchased a new bicycle so that Robert would be able to run errands while they searched for the one that was stolen.
They then took it to Robert’s home to give him the sweet surprise.
Thankfully, one of the officer’s body cameras captured the heartwarming moment in a now-viral video. Robert could barely believe what the kind officers had done for him.
He asked, “Is this a new one, here?”
“Brand spankin’ new,” one of the officers responded.
They then made sure that Robert felt comfortable while riding the new bike and adjusted the seat to his liking.
The officers also took time to show him all of the features they had hand-picked for his newest ride, including a basket and a cupholder.
Also included in their gift was a bike lock to help ensure that the new bike wouldn’t suffer the same fate as his old one.
Robert was extremely grateful for the kind act and thanked them for not only going out of their way to buy him a new bike but for also continuing to search for the stolen one. Even a bystander commented on how amazing the gesture truly was.
“You guys are the greatest in the world,” he said. “God can not bless you enough. I’m almost crying. God bless you.”
After highlighting the moment on their Facebook page, the Cape Coral Police Department shared that the investigation to find Robert’s stolen bike is still ongoing.
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