OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma City mom is speechless about an act of kindness from local law enforcement.
Her daughter’s hand trike was stolen. Officers helped her get it back, but it was what happened after that touched her heart.
The bike was damaged and officers took on the task of getting it repaired.
It doesn't take long after meeting Brianna Searcy to see exactly what she loves: her mom, Tammy, and her set of wheels.
“To everyone else it's just a piece of metal but to her, its everything,” said Tammy Searcy.
Briana has Dravet Syndrome and uses her tricycle for therapy.
“It can’t be controlled by medicine. These kids usually die from it. It's bad, it’s that bad,” said Tammy Searcy.
That's why when teenagers tried to take off with her hand trike, Tammy was thankful someone stepped in.
“A woman driving down county line road noticed teenagers dragging it across the back fence,” she said.
The woman called police. Officers got the bike back, but not without problems.
“They damaged the bike pretty badly. They bent the frame and the cable that makes it so she can actually ride, it was almost busted in two from the chain linked fence,” she said.
Tammy was left with few options.
“They said it could not be fixed and that it would be cheaper for me to buy a new bike, and these bikes cost $3,500,” she said.
But then she says something amazing happened.
The officers who helped get the trike back and arrested the teen wanted to continue helping. So they repaired the bike at no charge.
“They went above what their jobs require out of their own pockets and their own time,” Tammy said.
Lt. Mike Jackson and Detective Files personally delivered the hand trike back to Brianna. Lt. Jackson says the crime touched him, personally, as the father of special needs child.
It’s hard enough for a special needs kid to deal with the world we live in, let alone someone come and take her therapy bike. For someone to take that from her, I don't have much use for him,” said Lt. Jackson.
Jackson says, in law enforcement, there aren't as many moments to bring joy. That's why, when it happens it, means so much.
“Her mom said you could hear her squealing down the road because she was riding it again, and that makes it worthwhile,” he said.