BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Paris McCoy doesn’t have time for training wheels.
The Buffalo 9-year-old got his first bike last week, and it came as a big surprise.
A family friend told the Buffalo Police Department how much Paris wanted a bike, but wasn’t able to get one.
It wasn’t long before the department made it happen.
Officers surprised Paris at Buffalo Police headquarters, where they presented him with a football, some coloring books, a new helmet, and his very first bike.
“To have other people care so much about young people in the community, I don’t think there was a dry eye,” said Paris’ family friend, Mary Szabat
Paris immediately took his new yellow stunt bike for a whirl down the hallways at headquarters.
“I felt so happy,” Paris told News 4.
Saturday afternoon, it was time for Paris to hit the real pavement, at Delaware Park; Capt. Steve Nichols was there for backup.
“I think he did fantastic. He’s getting the hang of it, he’s riding very well and it looks like he’s learning how to start and stop,” Capt. Nichols said.
It was Szabat who got the word out to the department.
“It takes a village to raise a child and the fact that his family is allowing us to be a part of all of this is overwhelming,” she told News 4.
“Miss Mary is my closest friend that I ever had. She really gets me through things that are really, really tough for me,” Paris told News 4.
The 9-year-old was even made an honorary officer; his bike has the badge to prove it.
Paris was also enrolled in a summer afternoon program, where can keep practicing his new skills.
“It makes me feel like I have a bigger family than my other family,” the 9-year-old said.