A teenager from Vallejo, California, was surprised with a new bicycle from police officers after they learned he walks two hours to work every day.
Jourdan Duncan, who works at Pro-Form Laboratories in Benicia, has been walking to work ever since his car broke down last May. Yet, instead of bothering his father to drive him to work, since his father recently had knee surgery, Duncan took it upon himself to get there on his own two feet. “I don’t want to feel like I’m a burden to people so I take the initiative to handle myself and where I need to go from point A to point B,” he told KTVU News.
Duncan walks about four hours each day, up and down hills on city streets to avoid the busy highway. But on September 17, Police Corporal Kirk Keffer was finishing up his night shift when he saw Duncan walking all alone. “I just happened to be going down industrial when I saw him walking,” Keffer said. “He said, ‘So you walk from Vallejo to Benicia,’ I was like, If I have no other way,’” Duncan replied.
Keffer offered Duncan a ride home and the two got to know each other, Keffer spoke about life as an officer and Duncan shared his aspirations to become an officer with the California Highway Patrol. When Keffer dropped Duncan off, he was so impressed by him, that he and other members of the Benicia Police Officers Association chipped in to surprise Duncan with a new mountain bike.
“We talked as a union and the board unanimously approved it. And we started the process of purchasing the bike,” Sgt. James Laughter, President of the Benicia POA, told the news station. Sgt. Laughter reached out to Wheels in Motion Skate & Bike shop in Benicia to purchase the bike, and Duncan also received a helmet, a light for his bike, and free tune-ups. “There’s not a lot of 18 year olds out there that have this dedication we just wanted to make sure he know how much I appreciated what he’s doing,” Keffer said.
Duncan was very shocked to receive the bike and expressed how grateful he was: “You know, not all officers are bad,” he said. Now, with his new bike, Duncan’s travel time has been cut in half. “This bike is my best friend,” he said. “I love this bike.” In addition, the Benicia Police Department is working to give Duncan a ride along in the weeks ahead to help further his goal of becoming an officer.
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