Wash. officers go above and beyond to help autistic boy whose bike was stolen
A pair of Washington officers are being credited for helping a young boy who was “in extreme distress” after his bike was stolen
By PoliceOne Staff
BELLINGHAM, Wash. — A pair of Washington officers are being credited for helping a young boy who was “in extreme distress” after his bike was stolen.
The Bellingham Herald reports that Officers Bourgault and Mark Litovchenko received that call Monday from the mother of 6-year-old Levi Martinez, who has autism. Levi’s bike was stolen three days earlier and was later found in pieces.
When Levi’s mother, Kelly, called police, Bourgault and Litovchenko stepped in to help.
"Those two officers spent more than 45 minutes trying everything they could to fix the bike," Kelly said. "It meant a lot to me, and it meant a lot to Levi for them to go above and beyond."
The officers weren’t able to fix the bike, but they promised to bring the young boy another one “that wasn’t broken.”
On Tuesday, Bourgault and Litovchenko delivered a new bike to Levi. His mother said her son was elated to receive a new bike.
"He was really happy, and he hasn't been off it since," Kelly said. "It made a big difference for him. .... I can't explain how much it meant to see them go out of their way to help Levi."