Damian Faust and his family say they will never forget the kindness shown them by Aldan police officer Chris Izzi.
Faust, 12, who lives in Clifton Heights, was riding his neon green and blue Mongoose bicycle last week on Clifton Ave. in Aldan. He was headed to meet friends when he was abruptly stopped by a male who looked to be about 16 years-old. The teen told Faust he had a gun and would shoot him if the boy did not hand over his bicycle.
The alleged teen robber then knocked Faust to the ground and stole the bicycle, for which the youngster had paid with his own money.
Faust ran because the teen said he also wanted his backpack.
“My son was really shaken up,” said Sandy Luciano, Faust’s mother. “Thankfully, (officer) Chris Izzi responded to the call. He calmed my son down and did something so amazing that we will never forget.”
Izzi completed a report and comforted the lad, but what was to come the next day was extraordinary.
Izzi, who has four children and one about the same age as Faust, called the family to ask if they would be home. He then showed up with a brand new Mongoose bicycle to replace the one that had been stolen.
“I was so shocked, I couldn’t believe it,” Faust said. “Officer Izzi told me not to be afraid and said he hoped I would enjoy my new bike.”
Izzi said he felt very bad for the young man, and believes that no child should have to experience what happened.
“I couldn’t stop thinking what if that happened to one of my children,” Izzi said. “No child should have to go through this.”