Birmingham student receives auto after walking nearly 20 miles to work

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 18, 2018

Instead a police officer rang their door and told them a student named Walter Carr had just walked more than 20 miles overnight to arrive on time for work.

Bellhops Moving CEO Luke Marklin presented Walter Carr the keys to his auto, a Ford Escape, three days after the young man had started his job. The officer checked out Carr's story before taking him to breakfast and then to the job, which was to help Jenny and Chris Lamey move. Pictures of the meeting were shared by the Pelham Police Department yesterday, July 16, showing a tearful Walter after receiving his vehicle. Well, the Facebook post went viral.

And he probably would have made it all the way too - except he got a little help from a few curious and impressed police officers.

"He proceeded to tell us that he had picked up "this nice kid" in Pelham early this morning", said Ms Lamey. Because he needed to get to work.

That's over 20 miles. The client, Jenny Hayden Lamey, heard about Carr's ordeal from the police officer who drove him.

On Monday, Carr got a surprise when he was presented the vehicle in front of a crowd.

"I just can't tell you how touched I was", says Lamey. "How many times did he wonder if this was the best idea".

"He WALKED ALL NIGHT to get from Homewood to Pelham. I am in total awe of this young man!" she wrote. Marklin's meeting with Carr ended with Marklin gifting the student with his own barely-used 2014 Ford Escape.

The family invited Carr in, offered to make him breakfast and asked if he wanted to go upstairs and take a nap before the rest of the crew arrived. "Everything he did that day is exactly who we are - heart and grit".

An emotional Mr Carr responded "Seriously?" Lamey set up a GoFundMe page which had already raised thousands of dollars by Tuesday. He's due to graduate in December with an associate's degree in health sciences.

Carr hopes to one day join the Marines. "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", Lamey wrote on Facebook, as reported by

"I didn't want to defeat myself", Carr said. "And this was one of them", said Marklin.

"I wanted to beat the crew members there to let the company know how dedicated I am". "Nothing is impossible unless you make it impossible", he tells the media outlet.

Mr Carr told reporters on Monday he was grateful to have been given the opportunity to work.

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