This story jumped out at me on so many levels – it’s just full of good stuff: Character, Kindness, Dedication, Commitment, Tenacity, and Determination.
July 16, 2018, Walter Carr (age 20) was on the eve of starting a new job at Bellhops Moving Company in Pelham, Alabama when he found that his car had stopped working. Pelham is a 20 mile distance from where Walter lives in Birmingham and he had no backup means of transportation to get to his job on time in the morning . He decided to walk the long distance, leaving his home at midnight the night before. On streets and through fields his journey took him and at one point Walter was so exhausted he decided to sit down on the side of the road. That was when police officers from the Pelham Police Department spotted him and stopped. When they heard his story and realized his dedication and determination to get to his new job, they offered to take him to breakfast and drive him the rest of the way to the location of the home he was scheduled to work at.
When Walter and the Police arrived at the home where he was to start his job, the homeowner was told about Walter’s journey to get there. Like the Police who met Walter in the early hours of the morning, she too was impressed by him and after his day working to move her belongings she posted his tale on facebook. Word of Walter’s dedication spread quickly and in a short amount of time made it to the CEO of Bellhops, Luke Marklin, who in turn not only welcomed his new employee but also gifted Walter his personal Ford Escape. “I think he was pretty happy,” Marklin said, laughing. “His resolve to get through challenges is just something that legends are made of, really.”
I couldn’t agree more.
Read and watch the full story below.
1. Alabama college student walks almost 20 miles overnight to first day of work; CEO gives him his car, Written by N’dea Yancey-Bragg; USA Today.
2. Inside Edition – Why this Student Got a Free Car from his Boss
3. WVTM 13 Digital – Lisa Crane