EXCLUSIVE: FDNY gets boy who impaled himself on handlebars a new bike

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Monday, June 19, 2017
EXCLUSIVE: FDNY surprises Queens boy with new bike
CeFaan Kim has the exclusive story from Laurelton.

LAURELTON, Queens (WABC) -- 9-year-old Tyreis Morris always wears his helmet when he rides his bike, but a helmet didn't protect him from what happened last Saturday.

The Queens boy impaled himself with his bicycle handlebars after taking a spill nearby his home in Laurelton.

"The next door neighbor Cathy said 'Donna - Tyreis, Tyreis, something happened to Tyreis!' I could not believe it. First of all I was very nervous, I wasn't sure if it was close to an artery or a vein," Tyreis' mother, Donna Morris says.

Firefighters from Ladder 158, Engine 311 arrived within minutes. They were stunned not only to see the handlebar jammed in the boy's leg, but also by his demeanor.

"He was cool as a cucumber. He was very, very smooth. It was like he wasn't hurt or in pain at all," said firefighter Brian Martin.

"This was unique. For the fact that he was calm as he was. Most of the time for something like this, people aren't as calm," added firefighter Bryan Lasala.

Tyreis' mother said the firefighters got all the instruments they could find.

"They couldn't find one, one wouldn't work. They went and got something else, another one wouldn't work and got something else. They did a beautiful job - a team effort. And everybody was pitching in and making him comfortable," she says.

Tyreis ended up getting two stitches, but he also got a lot more than that.

"I come home on Tuesday, I see flashing lights, bike flashing lights," Tyreis said.

The firefighters decided since they hacked up his bike, they would buy him a new one - the FDNY going way beyond the call of duty.

"I think it's very much appreciated," says Tyreis' father, Carl Morris, "I think they're very generous, and they deserve a million dollars each."

If only he could make that happen.