Local firefighters step up to get a 8-year-old a new bike

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Sometimes, in life, you can feel like you’re taking one step forward and two steps back, but the Sioux Falls Fire Rescue is stepping up to help those who need it most.

When the alarm is heard, you know when firefighters are rushing to the scene to help. But there are some emergencies that go unheard of.

Trysten Dayrider is like any other 8-year-old kid who loves to be outside riding his bike. But his fun was cut short when someone cut the lock from his bike and stole it.

“I was sad when that happened; really sad,” Trysten said

“My automatic thought was just that, ‘maybe one of the neighbor kids had it or one of their friends was borrowing it,’ something. And then we couldn’t find it, so then I automatically knew it was gone,” Jenna Dayrider, Trysten’s mother, said.

It happened right before Trysten’s eighth birthday: Turning his wish into something of a nightmare.

“We had got it right before his birthday; not even a week before his birthday,” Jenna said.

His mother quickly turned to Facebook, reaching out to others hoping they would hear the story and keep an eye out. And two days later, someone stepped up. 

“I reached out to his mom, and then, you know, asked if maybe we could help her out and she said she would love the opportunity, and from there our team kind of took it and ran,” firefighter Mike Murphy said

The firefighters picked Trysten up in a fire truck and drove him down to Spoke & Sport bikes, where he was greeted with a brand new bike.

“I saw tons of bikes and stuff and then I saw my bike,” Trysten said

For a kid who’d lost so much, he gained so much more.

“I was really happy and nervous and shy,” Trysten said.

Turning a rainy day into one filled with sunshine.

“It pushed that storm right out. There was no beating it,” Jenna said

“And then when we were getting ready to leave, we – I took a photo with the firefighters,” Trysten said.

Murphy hopes acts like these can ignite a cycle of good deeds.

“You know, maybe if this inspires a few other people to, maybe, seek out a few situations where, even if you don’t know the individuals, or the family, it’s still a great opportunity to reach out and brighten somebody’s day,” Murphy said.

Trystan and his mom now keep his bike locked in the backyard for safekeeping, but feel even safer knowing of those who are willing to step up.

“Grateful. So, so grateful. I thought it was really unfortunate that he was put in a situation, and there are people like that out there, but then for so many different people to turn that whole situation around it just… it fills my heart, really,” Jenna said.

The firefighters spend a lot of their time making miracles like this happen.

They are able to do it through their Fall fundraiser called Step Up For Heroes, but they can’t do it without your help.

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