CEO gifts man new auto after walking 32 kilometres to work

Neal Embry

Neal Embry

Luckily, that won't be necessary: when he heard the story, Bellhops CEO Luke Marklin, drove down from Tennessee to meet him in person.

"The officer proceeded to tell us that the previous evening Walter's auto broke down and he didn't know how he was going to get to work".

He called his friends and his girlfriend to try to get a ride, but nothing worked out.

The night before Carr was set to begin his new job at Bellhops Moving, his vehicle broke down.

The story of an Alabama college student's work ethic is catching attention nationwide after walking 20 miles to his new job.

"God blessed me with so much", Carr said.

"I want people to know this - no matter what the challenge is, you can break through the challenge".

Thank you for signing up for the Top 3 Newsletter. The officers took him to breakfast and dropped him off at his work site, which was the house of Jenny Lamey. Carr declined, saying he'd had a four-hour nap the night before and was ready to get started with the move.

Pelham Police officers who passed Carr on his walk picked him up along Pelham Parkway, then took him to eat breakfast.

Neal Embry
Neal Embry

Lamey shared the story of Walter and her move on Facebook - the post quickly went viral.

"They were overwhelmed", the 20-year-old said. We introduced ourselves to Walter and told the officer he was just fine to stay here with us until the rest of the crew arrived. He and his mother lost their home in Hurricane Katrina and they came and made their home in Birmingham, ' she wrote.

Carr arrived at the home of Jenny Hayden Lamey and her family before the rest of the movers arrived. You could tell how the officer told us this story that he had complete admiration for Walter and by my reaction he could tell I did too. "He is humble and kind and cheerful and he had big dreams. Tell him Walter". Walter said "I walked". Walter and I emerged from the house and one of the crew, Shawn, saw us and said to Walter "You must be one of the recruits...let me shake your hand".

Barely three days after starting a new job, the company's CEO hooked up Walter Carr with his very own Ford Escape.

Carr is in awe of the support he has received. "It was a truly remarkable, and nearly unthinkable act of heroism, that Walter took to make sure he made it to the job". "He's just got this deep faith, he wasn't alone".

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.

Asked why he made the 32-kilometre trek, Carr said it was about showing dedication. When I read Walter's story, it was something that I wasn't even sure that I would do.

And when his new boss, Bellhops CEO Luke Marklin, learned about his new employee, he drove his own auto - a 2014 Ford Escape - from Tennessee on Monday to surprise the aptly named Carr with it.

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