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Kids get new bikes thanks to IMPD officer's fundraiser

Posted at 9:02 PM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 22:12:41-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Some kids in Indianapolis are getting a new bike to ride thanks to an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer.

IMPD Officer Zane Hennig raised around $8,000 to purchase 15 bikes for kids in IMPD's southwest district.

Riding a bike was something Hennig liked to do as a kid and he wanted to give kids an opportunity to have a bike and be with their friends during the COVID-19 pandemic, IMPD Sgt. David Spurgeon said.

"I think this important for the community to see our officers care, they recognize a need within the community and they do their best to fill that," Spurgeon said. "In this case, this officer took it upon himself to set up his own fundraiser, identify some children, he actually got with some of the other officers to try and find more kids who need bikes, and they did this initially on their own."

Private donations from social media helped Hennig and IMPD's community relations office purchase and give out bikes and helmets for kids.

Hennig joined IMPD in May 2019 and was assigned to the southwest district in April, Spurgeon said.