BROWN COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - The Mt. Orab Police Department surprised a local boy Tuesday with a new scooter weeks after his giving gesture helped save a feline he’d found in the road.
According to a post on the police department’s Facebook page, Myles Hornschemeier was riding his scooter home a few weeks ago when he came upon a feline fork in the road.
“Myles found a cat and wanted to take the cat home to make sure it was taken care of,” the department wrote.
Myles could not carry the cat and ride his scooter at the same time, so he left his scooter and carried the cat home. But when he returned for his scooter, he discovered it had been stolen.
“The Mt. Orab Police Dept. heard about this and wanted to reward Myles for choosing to care for the cat over his scooter,” the department wrote. “Today, the Mt. Orab Police Dept. presented Myles with a brand new scooter. Way to go Myles!!!”
Now Myles is never without his new electric scooter.
“I think it’s pretty cool,” he said.
“He takes it in the house now,” Myles’s mother, Shannon Hornschemeier said Thursday. “Every night he takes it in the house thinking someone is going to steal it.”
Hornschemeier says helping stray cats is something Myles does often.
“I saw a cat, and it had a bunch of stuff in its eye, so I grabbed it, took it in there, got the stuff out of its eye, and then the mom kept on looking for it, so I put it back with its mom,” Myles said.
“He was more focused on taking care of the cats, so he didn’t think about his scooter,” Hornschemeier said.
Not ten minutes had passed when Myles went back for his scooter and saw it wasn’t there. He says he and his dad looked for it, but it was nowhere to be found.
Mt. Orab Police Department Capt. Jason Hahn was impressed by Myles’s decision, hence the new electric scooter.
“It was one of those things that you read, and it’s just like, man, he did a good thing in that situation,” Hahn said.
Not only was the scooter replaced, Myles received an ’Act of Kindness’ certificate too.
“Basically letting him know that the decision that he made was the right decision,” Hahn said.