“They had lost one of their own,” she said.
Oyabu uses his bicycle to get to the grocery store, the Duluth Public Library and other downtown destinations. When the staff at Lakeside Manor heard about Oyabu’s busted bike, “They said it was his form of freedom,” Grenier recalled.
Oyabu was stunned to see police officers bringing him a new replacement bike just hours after the incident.
“Everything was surreal,” he said. “I couldn’t believe what the police officers did for me. What they did touched me very deeply.”
He didn’t immediately ride it, rather he pushed it into a storage shed and locked it up.
“He seemed emotional about the day,” Holton said.
Later that night, Oyabu took it on a trail to SuperAmerica.
“I said ‘This is wonderful,'” Oyabu recalled.
The Duluth Police Department has had body cameras in place since 2014. Perhaps the rules should be revised to make it mandatory to also film the random acts of kindness that occur every day.