Fire survivor receives bike from Lake Dreamland Fire Department

Many kids dream of seeing a brand new bike under the tree on Christmas morning. For one very special little girl, that wish came true a week early.Nearly two weeks ago, 8-year-old Skye Riley lost her mother and brother and sister in a fire on Shanks Lane.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Her smile is contagious as Skye Simmons, 8, helped firefighters stuff 75 boxes with food for families in need this holiday season.

“She gives me strength because of her testament of just keep going,” Wayne Riley, Skye’s father, said.


Wayne Riley and his daughter Skye have dealt with unimaginable pain for the last two weeks--coming to terms with the loss of wife and mother Arhcimeda Riley and her two kids 16-year-old Savannah Cooper and 11-year-old Kameron Harris. All three died in an apartment fire on Shanks Lane.  But this group of Lake Dreamland firefighters had made sure Wayne and Skye feel loved.

“The city in general, how they all just opened up.  I didn't believe in miracles before this,” Wayne said.

And this miracle had two wheels.  A brand new bike for Skye from a group of heroes who would give this little girl the world.

“She deserves it.  Out of everything, everything she's gone through.  She deserves this and more,” Wayne said.

Although Skye was very excited to receive the bike she also was excited to give back.  The Lake Dreamland firefighters filled 75 boxes with food to help 75 families.  It's a tradition they've kept alive for 25 years. 

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