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Police surprise boy with bike

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Dec 27, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Alexander Mullins was devastated in early October.

The 13-year old’s bicycle was stolen from Norwalk North Apartments on Bouscay Avenue, where he lives. A police report and multiple Facebook posts to try and find the bike proved unsuccessful. So, too, was a trip to the Norwalk Police Department to see if his was among the dozens of recovered bikes on the property.

A short time later, Norwalk police patrol officer Zach O’Neill then reached out to Mullins’ stepmom, Megan Mullins, to request photos of the bike.

Last Saturday, out of the blue, O’Neill and fellow patrolman Hayden Service arrived at the apartment. With them they brought a gift — a bike identical to the one the was stolen from Alexander. The two officers had used the pictures and information to purchase it for him.

Service knew Mullins because the boy had performed yard work for him during the summer.

“We would like to thank them for taking the time to get him a new bike,” Megan said. “Not many officers would do this kind of thing.”

Service and O’Neill also made sure to help prevent any further issues for the younger Mullins. They brought him a heavy duty lock for him to use at home.

"Again, I can't thank them enough," Megan Mullins said. "These two officers went above and beyond to make a kid smile."

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