McGuire replaced 8-year-old Ryan Martin’s Schwinn bicycle after it was stolen from the front yard of the family home on Henderson Avenue.
According to Rowland, the boy was heartbroken when he found out his bike was stolen.
“Tyler purchased a new bicycle for the boy. That was a great gesture,” the mayor said. “I’m going to recognize you and thank you for going above and beyond and making the city of Cleveland look good.”
The mayor and each of the seven Council members pitched in to help offset some of the cost to McGuire.
In another police-related matter, Cleveland Police Chief Wes Snyder put three of his department’s new Dodge Chargers on display during the interlude between the work session and regular Council meeting.
The Council approved the purchase of six Dodge Chargers in April at a cost of $23,790 each. The cars were purchased through the state contract.
Snyder said the difference between the Chargers and older patrol cars is the technology is built-in instead of being installed as after-market equipment.
“The radar and the camera system is integrated into the vehicle,” Snyder said. “The camera acts somewhat as a black box. It will detect the speed, GPS and any videos taken or if that car’s involved in an accident, it will tell you detailed information about when the brakes were applied, how fast the vehicle was going at the time of impact. The camera automatically activates at 70 miles per hour. There’s not much that is going to happen in or around that vehicle that camera does not record.”
The chief said the audio range is a quarter-mile and the video range is “if you can see it, you can record it.”
At the end of an officer’s daily tour of duty, the car automatically downloads video to a server when it nears the police department.
The new police cruisers come equipped with a heavier suspension to meet the rigors of law enforcement and long-term use throughout a 10-hour shift during which an officer can easily drive 150 miles.
“They are probably built a little stronger than the average vehicle,” Snyder said.
He said the vehicle is primarily designed and equipped for reporting evidentiary material and recording activities throughout the daily tour of duty.