Carr, who hopes to be a US Marine one day, made the late-night journey after his 2003 Nissan Altima broke down. He calculated it would take seven hours to get to his first moving gig with the Bellhops moving company, AL.com reported.
He was trekking along Highway 280 when concerned police officers stopped to check on his well-being. After Carr told them his story, they bought him breakfast before delivering him to Lamey’s home an hour and a half early.
“We all decided, hey, you know, let’s go get him some breakfast and get him somewhere safe,” Officer Mark Knighten told WBMA.
“Proud to have encountered this young man. He certainly made an impact on us,” the Pelham police department tweeted. https://www.facebook.com/PelhamPoliceDepartment/posts/2365450876806011
Jenny Lamey, a customer of the moving firm, wrote on Facebook that she and her husband had awoken early last Friday to prepare for movers who were due to arrive at around 08:00
At 06:30, their doorbell rang, and Ms Lamey met Mr Carr, who was accompanied by a police officer from the Pelham police force.
While helping her with the kitchen, she said, he told her of his childhood in New Orleans, Louisiana, and how his family had moved to Houston, Texas, after their home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.c
"He proceeded to tell us that he had picked up 'this nice kid' in Pelham early this morning," said Ms Lamey.
"The nice kid, Walter, said that he was supposed to help us with our move today."
She continued: "He WALKED ALL NIGHT to get from Homewood to Pelham. Because he needed to get to work. For those reading this that are not local, that's over 20 miles.
Ms Lamey said she offered him a rest before the moving crew arrived, but Mr Carr declined and got right to work.
The rest of the crew arrived and then the craziness started. All of the young men that came to move us yesterday (9 in total) were some of the best young men I have met. Several of them were in college, engineering majors (you should have seen them putting together our beds!!), one of them starts PA school in the fall, some just working hard since high school, some of them had been with Bellhops a while and others had just started! With the way they worked together as a team, you would have thought they had worked together for years. https://www.facebook.com/jenny.lamey/posts/10214187127164485
Bellhops CEO Luke Marklin, the chief executive of the moving company, after seeing the Facebook post, drove from Tennessee to Alabama and presented his dedicated new employee with his personal 2014 Ford Escape.
After chatting over a cup of coffee, Mr Marklin handed Mr Carr the keys to his own 2014 Ford Escape.
"I am honestly blown away by him," Mr Marklin said. "Everything he did that day is exactly who we are - heart and grit."
An emotional Mr Carr responded "Seriously?" He then hugged Mr Marklin and accepted the keys.
On Monday, he told reporters that he was grateful just to have had the job opportunity.
"This was the first job in a long time to give me an opportunity to get hired," he told AL.com.
"I wanted to show them I got the dedication. I said I'm going to get to this job one way or another."
He continued: "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."