Young Man Who Had To Walk 20 Miles To His First Day Of Work Gets A Surprise From The CEO ❤️

When Walter Carr’s car broke down the night before his first day of work, he was left with one mode of transportation: walking. The first home he’d be working in as part of Bellhops moving company was about 20 miles from his house, which meant he’d have to wake up before dawn, after just four hours of sleep, and make the lengthy trek before spending the rest of the day lifting heavy boxes before heading home. When the company’s CEO heard Carr’s story, he knew this employee deserved a special bonus. 

About halfway through his 20-mile hike, Carr stopped to rest his aching legs, at which point he was approached by Officer Mark Knighten of the Pelham Police Department. After hearing how much longer Carr still had to walk, Knighten was joined by Officers Carl Perkinson and Klint Rhodes, and all three took the young man to breakfast.

Carr told the officers he would do anything to make sure he wasn’t late to his first day of work:

I didn’t want to defeat myself.

At 6:30am, after breakfast, another officer dropped Carr off at the home of Jenny Lamey, who he’d be helping to move with the Bellhops crew. The officer told her about Carr’s planned walk and asked if he could wait at the house for the rest of his team. 

Lamey was immediately touched:

My heart just stopped.

Lamey offered Walter food and a place to get some rest, but he insisted they begin working. Carr’s work ethic, even after a long hike in the intense heat, inspired Lamey to “burst into tears a couple times.” She also found out Carr and his mother lost their home in Hurricane Katrina, and that he would be receiving an associates degree later in the year before training with the marines.

When the rest of the crew arrived at 8am, they were shocked to learn about Carr’s plan to walk the entire way. Lamey was so moved by Walter’s story that she created a GoFundMe to help repair his car, and made sure it was seen by Bellhops CEO, Luke Marklin. She hoped Marklin would make a donation to the effort, but the CEO had bigger plans.

Marklin drove down to Alabama from Tennessee to meet Carr for a lunch. Carr didn’t know his co-workers, the officers who ate breakfast with him, and the Lamey family were waiting nearby. The group surprised him at a nearby hotel.

Marklin praised Carr’s character:

Walter is incredible, and what he did is incredible. It’s everything our company stands for.

Saying Walter “truly raised the bar,” Marklin then gave Walter the keys to the Ford Escape he had driven to Alabama, ensuring he won’t ever have to wonder how he’s getting to work again. 

Lamey spoke of how Carr was able to touch so many lives over the course of a single morning:

He’s like the poster boy for no excuses. He’s just got this deep faith, he wasn’t alone.

Congratulations on the new car, Walter! It’s much deserved.

H/T – ABC News, USA Today