Troy Roberts, a 5-year employee of Burger King who has special needs, called the Cottonwood Heights police department to report his bike stolen while at work.
When Officer Steve Olson arrived, Roberts explained that he had received the bike for Christmas and might have to wait until next Christmas for a new one. But the 38-year police veteran decided to take matters into his own hands and make Christmas come early — buying Roberts a brand-new bike out of his own pocket.
Roberts said, “I said thank you from the bottom of my heart, I was crying happy tears.”
When asked if Officer Olson would speak to the press about his good deed, a spokesperson for Cottonwood Heights police said, “He’s really shy about this. He’s not looking for any notoriety. He said, ‘I didn’t intend for this to happen, I just feel bad for this young man.'”.
The story may have gone untold if it weren’t for Jesse Draper, a man who happened to witness the thoughtful exchange and decided to share. Draper said, “We see a lot of negative things, hear a lot of negative things, and I think this was a positive thing that the community needed to know about.”
Thank you, Officer Olson, for such an inspiring display of kindness and generosity! #HometownHero
(Photos courtesy of Jesse Draper)
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