8-year-old receives birthday surprise after original gifts burned in fire

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A boy and his bike. They can have a strong bond, one not easily broken.

Sometimes, disaster hits, like for one Greenville family. A fire burned through their apartment and 8-year-old Nazir Person lost his bike. Greenville Fire and Rescue not only stepped in that night, but also on his birthday.

A few weeks ago, Nazir and his family lost everything just a day before his birthday. On Tuesday, he got to have another one.

“Seeing him smile right now, he just smiling as big and it makes me smile just as big as he is,” said George Strickland, a Greenville Fire & Rescue officer.

Greenville Fire and Rescue brought new gifts to Nazir. His mother is so grateful and couldn’t be more proud.

“All of them helped me get back on my feet and I just thank God that we were able to make it out of the fire safely and sound,” Tameka Person, Nazir’s mother, said. “I told him that I was probably wasn’t going to be able to get the bike, because of we have lost our home and I had to provide cause that was more important than a bike.”

Nazir’s new gifts include match box cards, batman action figures and his favorite, a new bike.

“I got a bike! The bike was my favorite,” he said.

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