It is an inspirational story of an eighteen-year-old boy named Jordan Duncan. He developed the habit of walking from work to home, spending five hours on the way daily. Little did he know that there is always a lucky day to those who have determination in whatever they are doing. You only need to do it out of the will. He never needed to do the long distance on foot anymore following his encounter with a generous police officer.
One day, as Jordan was walking home, the headlamps of a police vehicle flushed from behind him. As usual, that would send a chill down the spine of anyone. Walking that late in the night and suddenly a police officer drives right beside you would sound abnormal. At such instant, you only read guilt in you even though you are innocent. Jordan was no different.
His words “Uh-oh, I hope I didn’t do anything,” made it clear.
However, it was such a lucky day for Jordan and not the otherwise. A police officer who he quickly identified as corporal Kirk Keffer together with Benicia Police Department stopped just beside him and waved him. These were the first Keffer’s words to him, “It is dark; there is no sidewalks… where are you leading to?” Jordan answered with a little tremor in his voice that he was heading home from work. The Corporal had mercy on him and decided to give him a ride home.
On their way home, Jordan got a good opportunity to explain what led him to his situation and why he had to do it. He explained that his car broke down and he had to do the 5-hour walk to and from work daily. They talked quite at length while on the car. He shared freely with Keffer why he had to do that. His plans were as follows: First, he had to save his salary to help his parents. Secondly, part of his saving was to go to his college fees, and finally, the balance cash was to be accumulated for the purchase of another car.
How did he make it possible walking that distance every working day? Well, Jordan had a simple strategy that worked fine for him. All he had to do is to carry with him his headphones, and play music. That would help him push distance unaware as he was carried by the rhythm and lyrics of the songs. I don’t want to speculate the boring walks that he had in the instances when he forgot to pick his headphones if there were such cases.
Keffer was moved with Jordan’s story, and he was impressed by his work ethic. He recalled the dubious excuses that many people give for not going to work, and it happened that one of them is the long distance that they have to cover on a daily basis when going to work. Quoting his words”… a good work ethics like that is going to be noticed and rewarded.” Jordan met his lack and behold, a sponsor!
Keffer dropped Jordan at home and went back to share the whole story with members of his department and got everyone mobilized to surprise Jordan. He even made it his motive to ask his bosses if they could do anything to come to the aid of this hardworking and dedicated teenager.
To his astonishment, his idea was received warmly. The department of police got the extra money that they had in their account. They surprised Jordan at his place of work with a gift of a brand new bicycle, that would help reduce the time that he takes on the way from 5-hours to just 50 minute. It didn’t stop there. Keffer wen an extra mile.
Corporal Keffer started a “GoFundMe” account with the aim of raising enough money to assist Jordan in acquiring a new car. He raised over $42,000 which he again used to purchase a second hand Volkswagen Passat for the hero of the story. The rest of the money went to pay for Jordan’s college fee as well us in supporting his family.
Both Keffer and Jordan emerged as heroes in the kind of personality that they both had. Keffer is such a kind and generous character. Jordan’s determination and passion in doing his work is just impossible to ignore. His reward was worth the struggle that he went through before meeting his luck. He appreciated what Corporal did to him, and it is now upon him to return the favor to someone else who will deserve it.
The narrow gate in Jordan’s life became wide open. To anyone else who may have a situation similar to that of the main character in the story, never give it up. Perseverance!
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