Ariz. Cop Gives Bike To Teen Who Walks 9 Miles To Work

Christian Felix with bicycleYou might think that kids today are entitled and self-absorbed, too busy watering their virtual tomatoes and tweeting their breakfast to know the meaning of hard work. But every now and again a story comes out that seems to bust this myth. The latest comes from Arizona, where a police officer pulled over a teenager who was walking down the street late at night.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Natalie Simonick, 46, spotted a young man walking alone through a desolate neighborhood at 11 p.m. When she asked him what he was doing, Christian Felix, 18, replied that he'd missed the bus, so he was walking the nine miles home from his job at McDonald's, reports local station KNXV.

Simonick offered him a ride, and while talking to Felix became increasingly impressed. Felix didn't drink or smoke, and had never been in trouble with the police. She asked why he didn't ride a bike home, and when he replied that he didn't own a bike, and had never learned to ride one, Simonick decided to give him her spare. And she arranged for her employer, the Phoenix Police Department, to give him a bike-riding lesson.

"It's really something when someone comes off on the street and offers to do a kindness for you," Felix told KNXV. "These days you don't see anything like that."

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In February, another hard-working teenager's chance meeting made news. Jhaqueil Reagan, also 18, and from Indiana, was hiking the 10 miles through an ice storm to interview for a minimum wage job at a thrift store, when he stopped to ask a man for directions. He confessed to the stranger that he couldn't afford the bus; his mother had died two years before, and since then he'd been staying home to care for his siblings.

The stranger happened to be the owner of a local restaurant and offered Reagan a job at twice whatever Dairy Queen would pay. "I'm just too excited, just excited to start," Reagan told WXIN-TV in Indianapolis.

Meanwhile, Felix's benefactor told the Phoenix TV station that she'd like to continue to aid the teen. "If everybody could help just one person in the world like this," said Simonick, "I think it would definitely be a better place to live."

And teens, with an April unemployment rate of 24.1 percent, could use that help more than most.

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You definitely see how LOVE FOR YOUR FELLOW MAN showed up in this story. Her first concern for stopping the young man, was to protect him from harm, walking alone late at night in an area she deemed unsafe. Of course, Sqt. Natalie Simonicki could have passed him by and never gave it another thought, BUT SHE DIDNT for this I give her a Medal. Then to top it off she followed through by giving him his own Bike and best of all Teaching him how to ride one, THIS IS AMAZING. God Bless her and Anyone who will now, PASS IT ON.

May 19 2013 at 10:07 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

A good police officer who is a huge credit to the force. Hey Chief are you reading this story? We NEED more officers like Sgt Simonick . Yes we really do.

May 18 2013 at 5:04 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Stephen Burke

God bless you

May 16 2013 at 11:00 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I love these stories! proves there are good people still left in the world!!

May 16 2013 at 4:14 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

What a neat story. Hooray for Police Sgt. Natalie Simonick!

May 15 2013 at 2:02 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Forest Chump

Bless you Sgt. Simonick. You're a credit to the force...

May 15 2013 at 1:21 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

I'm touched by both, the givers and the recipients! It brings to mind my favorite Latin words
"essere amato amando", meaning "being loved while loving". which defines true love as being reciprocal.
(I'm discussing love as a human emotion, not necessarily romantic love only). This case demonstrate how an action inspired by pure love and compassion brought a lot of joy to those involved. To an extent, the same love was also transmitted to us, the expectators, making us happy too. In other words love can be contagious. Let's then catch the "love bug" instead of the "flu bug", and hope it becomes an epidemic!.

May 15 2013 at 1:14 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

Refreshing to see amongst the other horrible headlines!!!

May 15 2013 at 9:25 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

Nothing wrong with having a Sugar Momma that's a cop.

May 15 2013 at 8:46 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

This first story brought an instant tear to my eye. It is so refreshing to read a story with good news. And the second story was endearing, also. THAT'S what I am talking about -- mercy and kindness to those who deserve it. I love these stories!

May 15 2013 at 8:45 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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