HURST -- He may not be fully fit quite yet, but Fort Worth Officer Matt Pearce is proving he's ready to roll.
Last week, he was on stage at Texas Motor Speedway giving the call to start engines as the Firestone 600 IndyCar race grand marshal. This past weekend, though, he got something to ride that has a little less horsepower.
"He had shown interest in the past about riding," FWPD Bike Patrol Officer Joe Spragins said. "We know that just the motion of pedaling can be rehabilitative in nature."
Thousands of folks, both in the community and across the country, have reached out to Pearce and his family since he was shot seven times after a high speed chase ended in a shootout. He's been in rehab for the last three months, but now his Police family has stepped in to speed up his recovery.
"We all wanted to do this for Matt solely and reiterate to him that we have his back no matter what, and that's that," Spragins said.
The Fort Worth PD Bike Patrol pooled their bucks and bought Pearce a best in its class bike from Specialized Bikes.
"The type of bike he needs is something really diverse...something that can fit wider tires if he needs it," Spragins said. "Something with a little more upright geometry, a geometry built around comfort."
And they didn't do it alone. Specialized sold the bike at a discount to Tarrant County's Bicycles, Inc., and they gave Fort Worth PD a friendly price all in the name of helping a fallen hero.
"You see all kinds of things all over the news, and then to hear that you're actually going to be a part of helping him is very comforting," said Bicycles, Inc. Director of Media Relations Traci Jordan.
The gift goes down as everyone's way to try to recognize the recovery of one of Fort Worth's finest because sometimes words just can't do it.
"Humbling...yeah...I don`t know how else to explain it," Spragins said, visibly choked up.
Since Pearce just got a pin out of his leg and his injured aorta is still a concern, the bike may sit a bit, but we've seen that anything is Possible when it comes to Pearce.