Georgia police officer gives his new bike to man walking home in summer heat

by Joel Abbott · Sep 2nd, 2020 2:13 pm

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Last Updated Sep 2nd, 2020 at 10:12 pm

An Atlanta-area officer gave away his bicycle this week after seeing a Walmart employee returning home on foot over the weekend.

Officer Dennis Rowe of the Hapeville Police Department was working an off-duty job Saturday afternoon when he saw Craig Magby walking down the street. Noting that Magby looked overheated, he went over to talk with Magby and make sure everything was okay.

"He was kind of hot and sweaty." Rowe said. "We got to talking and he was explaining to me that he normally rides his bike home from work, and it was recently stolen from him. Since the bike was stolen, he gets himself back and forth to work by walking."

Rowe immediately had the idea of giving the man his own bike, which he had purchased a few months prior for a camping trip.

"When he told me his bike was taken from him I didn't say anything to him, but I immediately knew I was going to bring that bike to him, and give it to him in hopes he could use it," said Rowe.

On Monday, the officer surprised Magby with the bike while he was at work.

"When I saw something that I had that I wasn't using, and there was somebody that desperately could use it every day, I knew that I had to make that happen for him," said Rowe. "It was just part of the way I was raised, the way I was brought up, to give back and to give where I can."

Magby expressed his thanks for the officer's act of kindness.

"I had talked to God about it," said Magby. "He was like, 'Consider it done' and he sent Officer Rowe my way. I'm grateful, thankful."


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