Unclaimed bikes collected by the Tooele City Police Department will be put to a higher purpose through a partnership with West Valley City.
Three firefighters from the West Valley City Fire Department were in Tooele City on Tuesday afternoon with a trailer to collect 23 bicycles and two scooters from the city’s collection of unclaimed property.
The bikes will be taken back to the West Valley Fire Department, refurbished and sold to benefit the University Health Care Burn Camp Program at the University of Utah Health Care Burn Center.
The bikes were primarily property found by the police department and not claimed within a 90-day window.
A statewide program, burn camps are held for children who have had their lives affected by severe burns. The camps have been held since 1993 and are free of charge for attendees.
Firefighter Kyle Stewart said every community has children that have been affected by severe burns who could benefit from the burn camps, which are available in a variety of age ranges.
“It’s just nice to give kids a place where they don’t feel ostracized,” Stewart said. “It’s a good program.”
Stewart said the West Valley City Police Department started to donate unclaimed bikes and reached out to Tooele because his mother is an evidence technician with the Tooele City Police Department. Now West Valley City Fire is looking to reach out to additional police departments for more bike donations.
Tooele City Police Chief Ron Kirby said his department was glad to assist the program.
“We are excited to be able to participate by donating these bikes to such a wonderful program, supporting child burn victims,” he said.
Bikes for sale by the fire department start as low as $15, with all proceeds going toward the burn camp. West Valley City Fire Captain Kelly Rigby said the bikes are all operational unless someone wants to purchase a fixer-upper.
“Some become parts bikes to fix the others,” he said. “They tune them up, fix them up.”
All of the bikes receive new tires and tubes but the fire department tries to keep repairs affordable, Rigby said.
More than 60 bikes will be available for sale for kids and adults from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday at Fire Station 73 at 2834 S. 2700 West in West Valley City.