October 20, 2015 Ames, Ia. When a child has their bike stolen it is always a loss to the child. They look to adults for help. When Fionn Coppoc aged 5 had his bicycle stolen he told his mother that they needed to call the Police. Officer Officer Vince Jr. came to take the report, or so he thought. Fionn began to draw the young Officer a crime scene diagram and the Officer was hooked.
Knowing that in reality the ‘case of the stolen bike’ may not be solved yet seeing the determination of the 5 year old Fionn to have his bicycle returned inspired Officer Vince to do something to help the young boy out.
The Officer went to Skunk River Cycles who he had recently learned donated used bicycles to charities and asked them if they could lend a hand and perhaps donate a bicycle to Fionn. Within 20 minutes after some adjustments, minor repairs and a little air in the tires Skunk River Cycles had a beautiful replacement bike ready to be presented to young Fionn.
The owner of Skunk River Cycles named Ron Ritz. told weareiowa “It was the right thing, at the time right and the right person, As a small town member, you’re responsible to not just yourself but the community. It’s just nice to give someone a bike.”
The bike was delivered to Fionn the same day his report was taken by Officer Vince. Fion’ss mother Jen McClung-Coppoc said “It was amazing, sweet and above and beyond the call of duty for sure,”
She also was reported as saying “We are incredibly grateful to live in a community like this, and incredibly grateful to Officer Vince and to the Ames Police Department for facilitating an environment where police officers can do that kind of work, where that’s encouraged,” by KCCI