Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

College Student Receives Car From CEO After Walking 20 Miles to Work

College Student Receives Car From CEO After Walking 20 Miles to Work

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

Carr was starting a new job with removals company Bellhops, and had to get to a job at a woman's house in the town of Pelham. After hearing his story, the officers took him out to breakfast before dropping him off at Lamey's home.

Praise for Mr Carr has flooded social media since his story was shared.

When the cops told Lamey what Carr did, she posted the story on Facebook and it went viral. He proceeded to tell us that he had picked up "this nice kid" in Pelham early this morning.

When the crew arrived and introduced themselves to Walter, Lamey said she was touched that they thanked him for showing up.

After he asked someone for a ride and it fell through, Walter Carr walked all night from Homewood, Alabama, south to Pelham.

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And what began as a man determined to get to work on time became so much more - a community coming together to change a life. The officers took him to breakfast and dropped him off at his work site, which was the house of Jenny Lamey.

Carr's first-day client, Jenny Lamey, offered to let him rest a bit, but Carr got straight to work instead.

When Bellhops CEO Luke Marklin learned of Carr's story through Lamey's Facebook post, he was impressed by Carr's determination and character.

"I think there's a decision you make that just feel like the right thing and when we were talking about our options I just knew that the auto I had was going to be in better use with him then with me", Marklin added. "How many times did he wonder if this was the best idea". "He WALKED ALL NIGHT to get from Homewood to Pelham".

Luke Marklin, the chief executive of the moving company, Bellhops, drove from Tennessee over the weekend to meet his new employee.

Marklin met Carr on Monday to thank him and made a decision to gift him his personal Ford Escape.

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"Just sitting there reading it, I was just blown away", Marklin said. "Everything he did that day is exactly who we are - heart and grit". He then hugged Mr Marklin and accepted the keys. Then they took him to a church to rest before his shift started at 8 a.m.

Mr Carr plans to graduate from college in December with a degree in health sciences.

On Monday, he told reporters that he was grateful just to have had the job opportunity.

"I want to show my job I am what I said I was in my interview-that I'm dedicated".

"Chris and I woke up around 5:45am to get everything staged and ready for the movers".

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

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