A Keansburg teen who volunteers as a junior firefighter-in-training was presented with a brand-new bicycle Tuesday to replace the one that was stolen from his home Easter Sunday.
Kenny Baker is an explorer firefighter with the West Keansburg Fire Department. He says that he used his old bike to travel to and from the firehouse.
"I watch and learn and I explore with them…so I know what do to [and] how to fight fires the right way,” says Kenny says.
When the bike was stolen on Eastern Sunday, the teen was heartbroken, according to his family.
“It really hurt the whole family. He lives for his bicycle,” says Ken Baker, Sr. “He goes as far as Long Branch, almost Asbury Park. He’s always on the bike.”
Kenny Baker’s story was posted on Facebook and caught the eye of the K-9 Valor Task Force, a group that donates bulletproof vests for police dogs, as well as pet oxygen masks to fire departments.
"Here’s this kid that’s starting out. He should know that he's going to help other people but emergency services community is here for him as well,” says task force president Sue Desmarais
The group presented Kenny with a new bicycle, plus bike lights and a bike lock.
“No matter what happens and how many bad people do something, the good guys are coming. You can't put us away, we’re here,” Desmarais says.
“It shows that people do care, and she's one of them,” Kenny says.
The lock and lights were donated by the "Lost Off-Road Jeep Club.” The K9 Valor Task Force paid for the bike, valued at around $500.