Officer helps purchase bike for elementary schooler, Altamonte officers say

After a fifth-grader lost his bicycle, one officer worked to get him a new one

SRO Anthony Gentile, two teachers and an Orange County deputy present a new bike to a fifth-grader at Forest City Elementary (Altamonte Springs Police Department)

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – Two teachers at Forest City Elementary approached Anthony Gentile — a school resource officer — about a fifth-grader whose bike had broken, according to an Altamonte Springs Police Department Facebook post Wednesday.

The teachers told Gentile that the student used the bike to get to and from school, but he could no longer ride it because the seat was broken, ASPD said.

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Gentile went to go look at the bike, only to find out someone had taken it, police said.

After discovering this, Gentile reached out to several of his contacts to see what he could do and received an overwhelming amount of support — enough to buy a brand-new bike for the Forest City student.

The next day, Gentile, the two teachers and an Orange County deputy surprised the fifth-grader with the new bike — this time with a lock.

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