Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

CEO gifts vehicle to employee who walked 14 miles to work

Walter Carr surprised with a car Monday Walter Carr surprised with a car Monday
Kenny Thornton | 20 July, 2018, 11:13

He made a decision to leave his house in Homewood at midnight, after sleeping for four hours, and begin the trek to the home of the family he was going to help move.

He made it about 14 miles to Pelham when police officers stopped him on the side of the road around 4 a.m.

Carr started his 20-mile trek sometime around midnight.

Sure enough, another officer showed up as he was walking and took him the rest of the way.

He struck out finding a ride, but he wasn't about to miss his first day of work at a moving company called Bellhops.

When Carr arrived, Marklin gave him the 2014 Ford Escape he was driving.

"I am honestly blown away by him", Mr Marklin said.

"He had vehicle trouble the night before and left at midnight to move my family to a new home", Bellhops Customer Jennifer Lamey said. In her Facebook post, Lamey reflected on what a great experience she'd had and on how humble Carr was when receiving praise from the officers, his coworkers and Lamey's family.

Walter Carr was surprised to get a new auto on his first day of work, but he wants people to know he'll be using it to help others.

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Because Carr was early, Lamey asked if he'd like to rest upstairs in her house until the rest of the movers arrived.

According to KIIITV.com, Carr said: "I wanted to be there before 8". While Carr wasn't going to talk about what happened, Lamey said she told him to tell his story, and the other workers were amazed.

"We all decided, hey, you know, let's go get him some breakfast and get him somewhere safe", Officer Mark Knighten told WBMA.

"I just can't tell you how touched I was by Walter and his journey", Ms Lamey wrote.

Carr was surprised by the attention given to his efforts. Bellhops CEO Luke Marklin is on the same page. Impressed by the Hurricane Katrina refugee's work ethic, she started a GoFundMe that's raised more than $6,600 (U.S.). "Tell him Walter". Walter said "I walked". "It's everything our company stands for".

Marklin decided that since the only thing standing in the way of Carr excelling at his company seemed to be reliable transportation, he would do something about it.

I don't know that Walter would have shared if I hadn't asked him to. "It was a truly remarkable, and nearly unthinkable act of heroism, that Walter took to make sure he made it to the job".

Carr said the officers debated for a little while where they could safely drop him off and eventually landed on First Methodist Church.

Lamey said she has no idea how he had the energy for it. "He's just got this deep faith, he wasn't alone". He also wants his story to inspire other people to fight against the odds.

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