Student Rewarded with Car After Walking 20 Miles to Work

By M. Russo — Published July 18, 2018

Student Rewarded with Car After Walking 20 Miles to Work

When Walter Carr's car broke down the night before his first day of work, he had no intention of calling out. "I wanted to show them I got the dedication. I said I'm going to get to this job one way or another." What makes this story truly impressive, is that his job at Bellhops moving company was 20 miles away from his home in Homewood. After checking how long it would take to walk there when he realized no one could give him a ride, Carr left his home at midnight to start the long journey.

Carr said, "I wanted to be there before 8. I wanted to beat the crew members there to let the company know how dedicated I am." He made it 14 miles to Pelham, at which point police officers stopped him on the side of the road, asking where he was heading at 4 AM. When he told them that he was going to work and how far he had already walked, the officers decided to take him to breakfast.

The officers decided to drop him at the First Methodist Church afterward and said they would send someone out to check on him. After a short rest, Carr began to walk the remaining distance to his destination. With less than 4 miles to go, another police officer pulled up to check on him and offered him a ride to the home of Chris and Jenny Hayden Lamey at 6:30 AM, who Carr was scheduled to help move. The officer insisted on telling the couple the story, who immediately offered Carr the opportunity to go upstairs and rest until the other crew members arrived. Despite the fact that he had just spent the entire night walking, Carr declined the offer and said he could get straight to work.

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In a post that has since gone viral, Jenny Lamey shared on Facebook that she learned in chatting with Carr that he is originally from New Orleans, but he and his mother moved to Alabama after losing their home in Hurricane Katrina. When the other crew members showed up, she tried to get Carr to tell them what he did to get to work. Carr humbly just said, "I walked," so Lamey asked him to share more. The crew was in awe, as was the CEO, Luke Marklin, when he learned of Carr's dedication.  "He's just awesome. He's our role model," Marklin said.

To be certain that Carr would never have to walk to work again, Marklin gave him the keys to his own car, a Ford Escape. Carr was emotional by the surprise gift, hugging Marklin. Carr said, "I couldn't believe it. I didn't think that 20-mile walk would mean anything to anybody. I'm really thankful for it, the car, for everything." He also wanted to share, "I want people to know this – no matter what the challenge is, you can break through the challenge. Nothing is impossible unless you make it impossible."

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