Officer Clint Fraser of the Battle Ground Police Department responded to a vehicle/bicycle accident the morning of Tuesday, October 15th. He performed all his duties as a police officer; he attended to the parties involved, investigated the accident, and filed his report. But it is what he did afterwards - “a simple thing” as he describes it - that really illustrates the heart of Officer Fraser and his colleagues at the Battle Ground Police Department.
That morning, 32 year-old Kishan “Sam” Aylor was riding his bike west on Main Street from his apartment on the east side of town. Sam doesn’t own a car or drive; his bike is his only form of transportation. He was on his way to his job as a Front End Parcel at the Battle Ground Fred Meyer where he has worked for 9 years. As Sam entered the busy intersection at Main Street and 10th Avenue, just a block away from work, he was struck by a car. Although the collision involved low speeds, Sam sustained injuries that required emergency treatment and a hospital stay.
While Sam was being evaluated at the hospital, Officer Fraser focused on repairing Sam’s bike. “As police officers we do our best to help people in need” he said. But Sam’s bike was damaged beyond repair. So Officer Fraser approached his colleagues in the Battle Ground Police Officers Association who whole-heartedly supported purchasing a new bike for Sam. He contacted Battle Ground Fred Meyer store director Roger Heiden who was happy to offer a discount and by the end of the day, Sam had a brand new bicycle.
A few days later, after Sam was released from the hospital, Officer Fraser presented him with the bike. Sam, in his typical manner, quietly thanked him.
Before the accident on October 15th, Sam had never missed a day of work in his 9 years at Fred Meyer. He is recovering at home and hopes to return to work on his new bike within the next couple of months. His co-workers and customers at Fred Meyer and the officers of the Battle Ground Police Department look forward to that day. “It was a simple thing,” Officer Fraser recalled, “a single item, a new bicycle, but it will make a huge difference in Sam’s life.”