South Dakota troopers gift a bike to teen who walks eight miles each day

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. —  A South Dakota teenager who walks more than eight miles to work each day to help support his family received an amazing and unexpected gift.

Tanner Romerein, 19, makes the three-hour trek each day, weaving around the traffic along Interstate 229, KDLT reports.

Several weeks ago, troopers were called after a passerby was confused and afraid for Romerein’s safety after they saw him walking alone.

“After talking with Tanner, Sergeant Swenson learned that Tanner was walking to and from work, everyday, over 8 miles,” a Facebook post by the South Dakota Highway Patrol said. “After learning this information, Sergeant Swenson went back to his squad and they discussed the situation. They all decided that they would use their resources and find him a bike.”

On Aug. 16, troopers presented him with a new bike.

“Be safe and enjoy your bicycle Tanner,” the post ended.