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Portland police officer surprises boy with a new bike after theft

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Sgt. Bren with Miles and his new bike. (KPTV) Sgt. Bren with Miles and his new bike. (KPTV)
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A local boy has a new set of wheels thanks to a generous Portland police officer. 

After the child’s bike was stolen last week, the officer said he just had to do something to help.

“This is like a one percent chance of ever happening, like as much a volcano erupting these days,” said 11-year-old Miles Rush.“I’ve never had that experience in my life of someone surprising me like that."

The surprise came from Miles’ new friend, Sergeant Ryan Bren, who undoubtedly went beyond the call of duty last week when a trip to the store took a dark turn.

“I took a chance and decided to leave my bike on the bike rack, without a lock attached to it,” Miles told FOX 12, adding that he regretted that decision. “I had a thought that it was going to get stolen, and it did. I went back in and told my mom, and we continued on our day, just shook it off our shoulders."

On their walk home from the store, they noticed a police car nearby and decided to report the stolen bike.

“I asked him my normal course of questions and he described the bike in great detail,’ Bren said.

"I detailed it by the rust, where stuff was, how tall it was,” Miles explained.

“The more I talked with Miles I was just very impressed with his attitude. Something bad had just happened to him, and clearly, he wanted his bike back, but there was just something about him that really sort of struck me,” Bren said.

While Miles went on with his day, Bren had other plans. 

“I wasn’t going home that night until Miles got a new bike," he said.

A few phone calls and a trip to Target later, Bren had Miles’ new bike.

“They said they would be there in ten minutes to drop off my bike,” Miles recalled.

“It was just awesome to see how happy Miles was when we showed up with a bike for him,” Bren.

The normally articulate 11-year-old was left speechless.

“My jaw dropped. That’s completely it. It’s been the best gift I’ve ever gotten,” Miles said.

In addition to the new bike, Bren added a possible inspiration for the boy.

“I thought it would be neat if Miles had the opportunity to ride with some police officers in uniform on police bikes, when he got his new bike, it was perfect,” he explained.

“I’ve always wanted to be the best cop I could, and maybe become a sergeant like Bren one day,” Miles said.

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