05/13/2013

Ariz. cop praised for giving bike, riding lessons to teen

After learning teen walked 9 miles to work, Sgt. Natalie Simonick came to the rescue

By PoliceOne Staff

PHOENIX, Ariz. — A police sergeant is being hailed for her act of kindness toward a local teen she encountered during his nine-mile walk home from work.

Sgt. Natalie Simonick, 46, pulled over Christian Felix, 18, around 11 pm one night to check if he was out past curfew. Felix explained that he was walking home from his job at McDonalds because he had missed the bus, so Simonick drove him home, according to the Inquisitr.

On the drive to his house, Simonick learned that Felix didn’t have a father present in his life, and had never learned to drive a bike or car. 

“He doesn’t drink and doesn’t smoke,” Simonick said. “He had never had any contact with police as far as negative contact.”

Impressed by his work ethic, the sergeant gave Felix a new bike to commute to work, and arranged for people at the Phoenix police station to teach him to ride it, according to the article.

“If everybody could help just one person in the world like this, I think it would definitely be a better place to live,” she said.

Simonick hinted that her next endeavor may be to teach him to drive a car.

“It’s really something when someone comes up on the street and offers to do a kindness for you,” Felix said. “These days you don’t see anything like that.”

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