WIU Alum Honored for Act of Kindness

A 1989 Western Illinois University alumna is receiving notoriety in Phoenix, AZ, because of an act of kindness she performed during her work day. Screen-Shot-2013-06-28-at-9.40.43-AM

Natalie (Petersen) Simonick, who received her bachelor’s degree in law enforcement and justice administration and her minors in political science and management, is a police sergeant with the Phoenix Police Department.

While on patrol one night, Simonick saw 18-year-old Cristian Felix walking in an isolated area. She learned the teen was walking six miles each way to his job at a fast food restaurant because there are no buses running during the times he would need a ride.

Simonick gave Felix a ride home that night but the boy’s work ethic left an impression on the officer.

“I asked him if he ever had a bicycle, because that’s a little safer than walking,” Simonick told the Fox television station in Phoenix. “He said he’s never ridden a bicycle before.”

The officer decided to give the boy an extra bicycle she and her husband had at home. She and her husband also taught Felix to ride the bicycle. She also gave him a helmet and light.

“It’s really something when someone comes up on the street and then offers to do a kindness for you,” Felix told the television station. “It’s great – I’ve never had an actual bike before, now I just want to ride it all the time.”

For more on this story, visit myfoxphoenix.com/story/22211517/curfew-check-turns-into-good-deed.

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