It was his first day as a mover for Bellhops Moving Company that day, and he chose to make the long trek to their house from Homewood to Pelham Alabama on foot after his vehicle broke down the day before.
After about three hours of walking, Carr found himself in Pelham, where concerned officer Mark Knighten pulled over to ask if he was okay. "(I) tell people if you think over 20 miles is a lot, then come walk in my shoes, because my shoes was really killing me that day".
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After hearing his story, police took him to breakfast and dropped him at his assignment. Then, once they had checked out Walter's story, they drove him to the home of Jenny Lamey, his next customer. Marklin said he wanted to meet him in person to show his appreciation.
When officer Scott Duffey went to pick Carr up in the morning, he was already walking to work again. The client, Jenny Hayden Lamey, heard about Carr's ordeal from the police officer who drove him. He said no and got to work.
Lamey's post received hundreds of shares on Facebook, and many asked her to set up a donation page so they could help Carr with his auto trouble. We introduced ourselves to Walter and told the officer he was just fine to stay here with us until the rest of the crew arrived.
After the moving job was done, Lamey, impressed by Carr's determination, shared his story on Facebook.
She asked Carr if he wanted to rest before moving the family's belongings, but he respectfully declined her offer and got right to work moving several items.
When he was 5 years old, he told her, he and his mother lost their home in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.
"I just can't tell you how touched I was by Walter and his journey". "He is humble and kind and cheerful and he had big dreams".
The young man's dedication quickly made its way to the CEO of the company, Luke Marklin.
Marklin told the press, "I am honestly blown away by him".
"Walter is incredible, and what he did is incredible", Marklin told ABC News. Walter and I emerged from the house and one of the crew, Shawn, saw us and said to Walter "You must be one of the recruits...let me shake your hand".
Marklin was so touched by the story of his new employee's dedication to work that he drove his own barely-used auto over from Tennessee to surprise Carr, who is also a college student.
Carr was surprised by the attention given to his efforts. "It was a truly remarkable, and nearly unthinkable act of heroism, that Walter took to make sure he made it to the job".