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Kayla Bailey is riding around town on a shiny new bike, thanks to generous Downey police officers.
Sgt. Scott Loughner of the Downey Police Department saw our story Tuesday on Kayla, a 21-year-old Downey woman with autism who has the mental capacity of a 9-year-old.
Kayla’s new bicycle was stolen Monday from Stonewood Center. It was her only means of transportation.
“I read the story on your blog and knew we had to do something,” Loughner said. So he contacted Cpl. Mike Pope, president of the Downey Police Officers Association, and the union board agreed to buy Kayla a new bike.
It was an easy decision, they said.
“She’s a sweetheart,” Pope said. “We immediately knew we wanted to do this.”
Kayla received the new bike – a pink cruiser decorated with Hello Kitty decals – Wednesday afternoon at Russell’s Bike Shop. The store gave police officers a good deal and even threw in a heavy duty lock.
Kayla expressed appreciation for Downey Police.
“They are pretty good officers of Downey and I want to say God bless the two of them,” she said. “And let those heroes go on forever.”