On his first day at work with Bellhops moving company, Alabama college student Walter Carr went more than the extra mile; he went an extra 20.
Carr’s car broke down the night before his first day at work, so he took a four-hour nap, woke up at midnight and walked 20 miles to work, ABC News reported.
He had some help along the way from kind police officers and arrived at the home to help move at about 6:30 a.m.
According to a Facebook post by the client, Jenny Lamey, the rest of the crew was set to arrive at 8 a.m. But instead of resting until the others arrived, Carr immediately got to work. “I wanted to beat the crew members there to let the company know how dedicated I am,” Carr told USA Today.
“I just can’t tell you how touched I was by Walter and his journey,” Lamey wrote. “He is humble and kind and cheerful and he had big dreams! He is hardworking and tough.”
Soon, Bellhops CEO Luke Marklin got wind of Carr’s story, writing on Twitter, “I’m really proud to be on the same team as Walter … Look forward to thanking him in person this week.”
Marklin met Carr on Monday, and surprised him with a special thank you gift: his own Ford. In video of the moment, Marklin told an emotional Carr, “I couldn’t think of a better way to part ways with this and put it to better use.”
“Walter is incredible, and what he did is incredible,” Marklin told ABC. “It’s everything our company stands for.”
When asked about the reaction to his journey, Carr told the outlet he “couldn’t believe it. I didn’t think that 20-mile walk would mean anything to anybody.”