ANDERSON, Ind. (September 25, 2015)- Birthdays are special no matter how old you are. Serynity Ricketts’s 8th birthday was an extra special one.
“She’s one of the most understanding 8-year-olds you can come across,” explains Bobbey Ricketts, Serynity’s mom.
Serynity wanted a bike but her mom and dad told her money was tight and they weren't going to be able to get her one. Serynity understood.
“I mean, we’re still saving pop cans for a cheerleading uniform so she knew it wasn't going to happen,” said Bobbey Ricketts.
Serynity’s mom and dad did what they had to do and picked up extra shifts.
“I think we were more excited to give her the bike than she was to get it. We surprised her when she got home from school that day,” said Ricketts.
The sparkly bright pink and green bike lasted only a day before some neighborhood troublemakers stole it from the backyard.
“It was a big melt down. I was crying and she was crying,” she said.
“I was sad and mad, too," said Serynity.
Serynity’s mom didn’t know what else to do, so she called the police.
“I didn’t expect them to anything but maybe paperwork for a stolen bike or theft. I was amazed they showed up in the first place,” Ricketts said.
After officers left, Serynity’s family looked throughout the neighborhood for a few hours but had no luck.
Right before bedtime, Anderson Police Officer Matt Jarrett showed up with a brand new bike that looked just like the stolen one.
Officer Jarrett got hugs from Serynity. Serynity’s mom got a heart-to-heart from Officer Jarrett.
“He has a daughter and if her bike were to be stolen-- if he was ever faced with the fact that he couldn't financially replace it-- he doesn't know what he would do, that right there was touching enough for us adults,” said Ricketts.
Even at 8 years old, Serynity realizes she got much more than a bike for her birthday.
“She woke up the next morning and it wasn't, ‘Mom can I ride my bike?’ It was, ‘Mom that officer is amazing. He didn’t have to do that,'” said Ricketts.
Serynity’s mom said the family went to a football game on Thursday and Serynity hugged every police officer she saw.