PHOENIX -- A Phoenix police officer is being celebrated for stepping up to help a Valley teen in need.
On the evening of March 6, Sgt. Natalie Simonick was out on patrol when she noticed what she thought was a juvenile committing a curfew violation.
Sgt. Simonick learned that the individual was 18-year-old Christian Felix, and that he was walking home from his job at a fast food restaurant.
Felix was still a long way from his home near 27th Avenue and Deer Valley, so Sgt. Simonick offered him a ride.
During the ride, Sgt. Simonick discovered that Felix often had to walk more than six miles to work because buses didn’t run during his work hours, and he had never learned how to ride a bike.
Sgt. Simonick was moved by Felix’s work ethic and difficult upbringing, so she decided to take action.
Sgt. Simonick gave Felix a bike at her own expense, along with safety lights, a helmet, and a bike lock.
To make sure Felix was able to fully enjoy his bike, Sgt. Simonick and three officers recently met with Felix at Paseo Highlands Park to teach him the basics of bike safety.
Felix’s mother, Jessica Muniz, said she was “moved to tears” by Sgt. Simonick’s generosity, and described her as an “angel” for looking after her son.