On his first day of work at a location nearly 20 miles from his house, a young man in Alabama said he was left with one option to get there: Walk.
After Walter Carr's car broke down, he was faced with the dilemma of how to get to his job site the next morning — it was going to be his first day with Bellhops moving company. He decided to leave his house in Homewood at midnight, after sleeping for four hours and begin the trek to the home of the family he was going to help move.
Along the way, Carr sat down because his legs were hurting and he was stopped by Officer Mark Knighten of Pelham Police Department, the department told ABC News. He told Knighten that he had eight to 10 miles left to go on the journey.
Officers Carl Perkinson and Klint Rhodes pulled up shortly after, the Pelham police added, and all three officers took the young man to breakfast.
He told the officers that he was determined to make the long journey to make it to his first day of work.
"I didn't want to defeat myself," Carr said.
At 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning, another officer, Scott Duffey, brought Carr to the home of Jenny Lamey, where was set to meet his new colleagues and begin helping her family move.
Duffey told Lamey about Carr's trek and asked if he could hang out at the home until the rest of the Bellhops crew arrived.
"My heart just stopped," Lamey told ABC News.
She said she offered Walter food and a couch to lie down on until 8:00 a.m., but he insisted they get to work.
Lamey said she thought about his all-night walk and how he now would lift heavy boxes in the excruciating heat and it blew her away.
"I burst into tears a couple of times," she said.
Lamey said she learned more that impressed her about Carr. He told her children he was supposed to be receiving his Associate's degree later this year, then will ship off to boot camp with the Marines.
When he was 5 years old, he told her, he and his mother lost their home in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.