Hours after 11-year-old Chase Mourey was struck by a vehicle, his scrapes and bruises weren’t his top concern.
Instead, he wanted to know what had happened to his bike.
The sheriff’s deputy who was called to the accident on County Line Road last month knew the answer, and it wasn’t good.
“He kept making mention of whether we could fix his bicycle,” Deputy Chuck Murphy said. “It was pretty unrepairable, though. It was pretty important to him, like it should be for a young boy his age.”
On July 25, Chase was returning on his bicycle from a convenience store and crossing County Line Road near Railroad Road.
As he crossed the busy road, he pedaled into the side of a vehicle. Chase was knocked to the pavement in the collision, Murphy said.
Murphy had gone to visit Chase, who had suffered only cuts and bruises in the accident, at Community Hospital South. Chase asked him if his bike could be fixed.
The bike hadn’t been in great condition before the accident. Murphy talked with Chase’s mother, Kara Mourey, who said the family couldn’t buy a new bike anytime soon.
So Murphy and three of his fellow deputies decided to help the family. Murphy, deputies Chris Mattison, Steve Wray and Daniel Combs chipped in to buy a new bicycle for Chase. Murphy bought the bike that night at Walmart and delivered it, along with Mattison and Combs, to Chase at his home the following morning.
The gesture, which the family was unaware of until the deputies arrived at their home in the Center Grove Estates mobile home park, was overwhelming, Kara Mourey said.
“It was actually a better bike than what he had. They did a great job in picking it out,” she said. “I was just speechless. I think Chase was about in tears he was so excited.”
The deputies wanted to help out a child who had lost something important to him but know their actions could also be helpful in relating to other people in the area, they said.
“It’s not just this one guy,” Mattison said. “He’ll have friends in the park who might think, ‘Hey these guys are not so bad after all.’”
Kara Mourey knows that one gesture had a big impact on her son.
“If you could have seen the look on Chase’s face when they showed up at our door, you could see how much he thought of the police at that moment. It changes the perception of a lot of people, because it’s something they didn’t have to do.
It was something special,” she said.
Murphy still remembers the hug Chase gave him when they gave him the bike. He is hopeful small gestures like theirs can have an impact on a community.
“We want to have a positive impact on this young boy, because if we had not stepped up and bought him a bike, he’d be walking.”