Midland police officer "pays it forward", helps replace disabled man's bike

Midland police officer "pays it forward", helps replace disabled man's bike

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Roland Poole, has had a hard life, he said he suffered a stroke at 24 years old, became paralyzed on his left side two years ago and has bipolar disorder. On Friday morning, he said he let a friend borrow his new bike, when he didn't get it back, after a while he called the police. When police found it, the bike was in pieces.

"They did find my bicycle after it was run over and everything," said Poole.

Poole said the mongoose bike was his only way of transportation and used it to go to work Cotton Flat Road or ride around with his dog.

"It hurt, that's all I have, the bike and my little dog," said Poole.

When Poole called the police patrol officer Robin Bivens took the call.

Robin Bivens, a Midland Police officer said, "I felt bad there's was nothing I could do for him. I was lucky enough to have some friends that are well off and hold my same ideology that you got to pay it forward. You always have to help out when you can so I called one of them up and they were able to hook me up with a bike"

Bivens and his friend got Poole a brand new bike, including an adapter to hold the trolley so his dog, Gucci, could ride in style. Bivens added being able to help out a citizen is what being a police officer is all about.

"A lot of times we come in contact with people when we see them at their worst. It's a rarity when we get to help people out when we want to," said Bivens.

As for Poole, you could tell how happy he was by the smile on his face when he talked about his new bike and said the bike will help him pedal on throughout life.

"I'm proud of it," said Poole.

Poole added he would like to thank Officer Bivens and his friend for the brand new bike.

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