FORT WALTON BEACH — When Okaloosa County sheriff’s deputies pulled up to Daryl Oliver’s house Friday, the special needs man worried he was in trouble.
But the deputies weren’t at the house on official duty. Instead, they were there with a special delivery for their neighbor in need.
Oliver contacted the Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday night to report that his bicycle had been stolen from behind Little Caesar’s Pizza on Mary Esther Boulevard. Oliver works at there and relies on the bike for transportation.
One of the deputies gave the 26-year-old victim a ride home, but then they took it a step further.
Touched by his story, the Sheriff’s Office posted the stolen bike report on Facebook in hopes others might identify it and return it to Oliver. A sergeant also contacted St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Destin, which has a bike program to help people in need.
The church agreed to donate a bike and even throw in a lock.
“It was a collaborative effort to try and get this bike replaced,” Sheriff’s Office Chaplain Larry Carter said. “I didn’t know it was going to happen this quickly. One thing led to another, and this is the result, him having a bike with a lock and hopefully it’ll be secure in the future. It’s a good feeling to help somebody.”
Oliver was all smiles Friday and repeatedly thanked the deputies. He said having the community come together to deliver the new bike made him feel “happy.”
“He’s an awesome and well-deserving man,” said Melva Allen, Oliver’s caregiver. “He does everything he’s supposed to do. He deserves this.”