Jordan Duncan, 18, was walking home from work one night when he saw the flashing lights of a police vehicle coming from behind him.
“I said, ‘Uh-oh, I hope I didn’t do anything,’” Duncan said.
Luckily for Duncan, he wasn’t in trouble. Corporal Kirk Keffer, from the Benicia Police Department, pulled up behind and waved him over.
“It’s dark; there’s no sidewalks,” Keffer said. “I asked him where he was walking to, and he says, ‘Home.’”
During the ride home, Duncan told Keffer that his car broke down and had no choice but walk 5 hours to and from his job.
“I had to start saving up little by little,” Duncan said.
His paychecks went toward helping out his parents, paying tuition for college, and saving up for a new car.
“It’s a pretty peaceful walk. I just put in my headphones, play my music.”
Duncan’s story made Keffer feel sympathetic and impressed by his good work ethic.
“People use [a long commute] as an obstacle not to work,” Keffer said. “I wanted to make sure that he understood a good work ethic and dedication like that is going to be noticed and rewarded.”
Keffer then went back to his department, told everyone his story, and asked his superiors if there was anything they could do for him. The department then held extra money from their account and the next night, they surprised Duncan at work with a brand new bicycle that would later take him only 50 minutes to get to work.
There’s also a GoFundMe account to help raise money for a new car for Duncan made by Keffer. After raising over $42,000, Duncan had his own used Volkswagen Passat to get to his job as a packaging line worker. The money left over went towards Duncan’s school books and his family.