Stark County deputies give hardworking young man new bike

CANTON, OH (WOIO) - An act of kindness from Stark County Sheriff's Office deputies recently made a hard working young man's day.

Shavon Newman relies on his bike to get back and forth to work. He bikes more than five miles to his job five days a week. Newman hasn't missed a day of work since he started a year ago.

Sunday, the 20-year-old was on his way home from work at Golden Corral when his bike broke. He spent about 30 minutes on the side of the road near 38th Street and Whipple Avenue trying to fix the busted chain. That's when Deputy David White came along.

"It was like angels from God. It was like angels from God. That's all I gotta say," Newman said. "I have nothing to say right now. I'm just speechless. I feel like I'm going to cry, but I'm not going to cry."

Since they couldn't fix the bike, deputies gave Newman a ride home. It's clear the young man's character made a impact. White wanted to do even more.

"Every single person I talked to was in agreement. We all wanted to come together and do something nice for Shavon," said White.

That's when Deputy Michael Miller stepped in. He suggested they give Newman a brand new mountain bike that Miller had just bought for himself.

"The big surprise on his face was well worth it," Miller said.

When they showed up at Newman's doorstep, he was stunned.

"You could see his eyes kind of water up and a big smile on his face. He knew what it was at that point and it was just that great feeling of seeing someone so happy," said Miller.

"It was unexpected. It was God. It was God's work," said Newman.

While the bike was a blessing, Shavon's mom, ShaRonda Rutledge, said the bigger message is that deputies acknowledged her son's hard work and positive attitude.

"We thanked the police for the bike, but I thanked the police even more for recognizing the kind of person he is. That's our gift," Rutledge said.

The Stark County Sheriff's Office posted about Newman on their Facebook page. In just a day, it's gotten thousands of shares, likes and comments.

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