Fire Department Puts Kids on Wheels


Riding a bike for the first time is a memory many will never forget. Thanks to the Omaha Fire Department's Helmet Club, more kids across the metro area will get that experience.

Hundreds of parents and children lined up for the second annual bike giveaway.

For months, the Helmet Club has collected donated used-bicycles. On Friday they gave away 140 bikes, and helmets for each child.

Organizers say they came up with the idea after noticing some kids who hung around their station had to share bikes.

Tom McCoy, vice-president of the OFD Helmet Club told us, "We said, ‘hey, who’s got a bike at home.’ And every guy at the station had a bike at home that their kid had outgrown and we said let's put it altogether and it just kind of blew up into this."

The bikes were for children of all ages. There was a cap for families at two bikes.


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