Walter left his home in Homewood and started walking to Pelham, the site of his first moving job, around midnight. It would be nearly a 20-mile walk. Around 4 am, police stopped Walter to ask him what he was doing walking down the highway in the middle of the night. He explained to the officers that he needed to get to his first day of work and walking was the only way to do it. Impressed with his dedication, the officers took him into town and bought him breakfast. Afterward, they made sure his story checked out and drove him to his first job at Jenny Lamey’s house.
The officers explained why they were bringing one of their movers a little earlier than expected and asked if it was okay if Walter was left with them. Jenny told them it would be and offered Walter a nap after chatting with him and getting to know him a little better. Walter politely declined and started to help her husband with the move, hours before the rest of the crew arrived. Jenny told Walter to tell the crew chief his story and he humbly replied, “I walked.” Jenny was so moved by Walter she posted the story on Facebook and it quickly reached the CEO of Bellhops, Luke Marklin. Marklin was blown away by his new recruit that he decided to do something to show his appreciation: He gave Walter a car!
“I wanted to show them I got the dedication,” Walter explained. “I said ‘I’m going to get to this job one way or another.’ 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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