Man who walked 20 miles to get to work is gifted new car – 247 news

A young Alabama college student who lost his home in Hurricane Katrina was gifted a new car after he walked 20 miles to make it on time for his first day at a new job Walter Carr broke down in tears when Luke Marklin, the CEO of Bellhops, handed over the set of keys to a 2014 Ford Escape Marklin was so touched by the story of his new employee’s dedication to work that he drove his own barely-used car over from Tennessee to surprise the student Carr set off at midnight from Homewood for the 20-mile journey on Friday after his car broke down right before his first day at the moving company Scroll down for video He had made it to Pelham at 4am when police officer Mark Knighten saw him walking on the side of the road and asked if he was okay  Carr told the officer that he was walking to work. Knighten was so astonished with his story that he and two other officers bought him breakfast at Whataburger  Knighten and officers Klint Rhodes and Carl Perkinson then took Carr to a church so he could be in a safe place before it was time to go to work, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution  When officer Scott Duffey went to pick Carr up in the morning, he was already walking to work again  Duffey picked up the student and drove him to the house of Jenny Lamey, who was moving with her family that day  He told the couple Carr’s incredible story, revealing how he walked all night to get to his very first day on the job at Lamey’s house   CBS42 Privacy Policy Video courtesy of CBS42 ‘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,’ Lamey wrote on Facebook  Lamey then asked Carr if he wanted to go upstairs to nap until the rest of the crew arrived But Carr politely declined and said ‘he could go ahead and get started’.Carr helped Lamey and her husband begin to pack up, and that’s when she learned about his incredible life story ‘He was from New Orleans. He and his mother lost their home in Hurricane Katrina and they came and made their home in Birmingham,’ she wrote ‘I asked him if he was tired from all that walking and he replied that he wasn’t and that he had a four hour nap before he left at midnight ‘ When the crew arrived, one member enthusiastically went up to Carr and said ‘Thanks for showing up!’Lamey then asked Carr to tell the crew just what he did to get there that day ‘Walter said “I walked”. That was it. Humble,’ she wrote. ‘I asked him to share a little more and when he did, the crew was in awe of him too!’ ‘I don’t know that Walter would have shared if I hadn’t asked him to ‘ Lamey was so touched by Carr’s perseverance and dedication that she posted about his story on Facebook, where it has been shared more than 1,000 times She also started a GoFundMe campaign for Carr to help with his vehicle troubles.’I just can’t tell you how touched I was by Walter and his journey,’ she wrote ‘He is humble and kind and cheerful and he has big dreams!’ ‘He is hardworking and tough I can’t imagine how many times on that lonely walk down 280 in the middle of the night did he want to turn back ‘ ‘But he walked until he got here. I am in total awe of this young man.’  So was Marklin, who drove down from Tennessee and told Carr that he wanted to get coffee to personally thank him  Instead the CEO surprised Carr, who hopes to join the US Marines, with the Ford Escape Carr became emotional as Marklin gave him the keys and could only say, ‘Seriously?’Lamey and the Pelham officers who helped Carr were also on hand to witness the sweet surprise ‘I am honestly blown away by him,’ Marklin told the paper. ‘Everything he did that day is exactly who we are – heart and grit So far, he’s batting 1,000.’   Share this article Share Carr said he promised himself he was going to get to his first day on the job ‘one way or another’  ‘This was the first job in a long time to give me an opportunity to get hired,’ he said ‘I wanted to show them I got the dedication.’ ‘I want people to know this – no matter what the challenge is, you can break through the challenge,’ he added  ‘Nothing is impossible unless you make it impossible. You can do anything you set your mind to ‘ 

17 thoughts on “Man who walked 20 miles to get to work is gifted new car – 247 news

  1. True dedication and hard work. We make our own destiny. It’s not about what I can’t do, but about what I can. Walter is an inspiration

  2. i would bet he will be looking for gas and insurance money or thing breaks down and he can't afford to fix it

  3. My eyes won't stop leaking this is so sad and beautiful all at the same time all God wants us to do is make a sincere effort and he will handle the rest,

  4. If you're going to upload a succession of images to tell a story then I suggest you post your crap on Facebook, not here.

  5. No feeling on earth like the feeling you get when you help someone in need. It's a wonder why more don't go above and beyond consistently.

  6. I enjoyed this story very much. Everyone who were recognized in the vedio should. But not much was said about the officers who picked him up. With all the killing by officers, especially to blacks, there are still good officers out there. The bad officers put a stain sheet on all officers. Much respect to the two officers who picked him up. The bad officers, make us, distrust, all.

  7. what about every else who walks to work and cant afford a new car ???.. i wanna know makes him so special .???.. i dont see them getting new cars .it must take special people to get a free handout …i cant believe this story no employer is just going to give you a car .

  8. This was staged.lets get real he was going to walk 20 miles to work and he worked for a moving company…..ok!!!!

  9. Great heart-warming story! I'm in tears!!! I'm praying this young man Walter Carr keeps that good-heart, grit and determination! He deserves to be successful! This world can be hard. It's nice to see there were good people to help him along the way!

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