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12-year-old boy with autism accidentally loses bicycle, Arapahoe County deputies gift him a new one

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Posted at 9:12 PM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 07:37:05-04

LITTLETON, Colo. — Zachary Gallagher, 12, couldn’t wait to get on his brand new bike. So he rode it to Newton Middle School in Littleton.

Gallagher leaned his bike against a fence along E. Arapahoe Road and accidentally left it, along with his helmet, next to a yellow sign that read "Free Furniture" before walking away.

Moments later, a truck came by and before Gallagher noticed, his brand new bike was gone.

Even his father, Mike Gallagher, wasn't hopeful to ever see it again.

"When I filled out a form for missing property, I thought maybe I’d run across it in a pawn shop or something," he said.

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But the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office decided to step in and did much more than just keep an eye out for the lost bike.

"I talked to my team and everybody agreed we were going to chip in and get him a new bike," said Lt. Tom Daley.

It was an act of kindness that left Gallagher smiling again.

"It was like, kind of pretty cool, actually," Zachary said.

His new bike and helmet is a symbol of small actions a community can take that lead to unforgettable memories.