Jourdan Duncan is a busy 18-year-old from Benicia, California. He's taking college classes, studying to become a California Highway Patrol Officer, and works as a packaging line worker.
On his way walking home from work late one night, he saw the flashing lights of a police car come up behind him. "I said, 'Uh-oh, I hope I didn’t do anything,'" Duncan told .
Driving the car was Corporal Kirk Keffer, with the Benicia Police Department, who was concerned when he say the teenager walking along a busy road so late at night. "It’s dark; there’s no sidewalks," Keffer said. "I asked him where he was walking to, and he says, 'Home.'"
Keffer offered Duncan a ride home, and along the way, Duncan said that his car had broken down, and he had no other way other way to get to work. So he had started walking nearly five hours both ways.
“I had to start saving up little by little,” Duncan said. But with most of his money going towards helping out his parents, and paying tuition for college, there wasn't much hope of buying a new car any time soon. "It’s a pretty peaceful walk. I just put in my headphones, play my music."
Keffer was so impressed with his determination, that he went back to the department after dropping the teen off and asked his superiors if they had any spare funds to buy a bike.
"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."
Eventually, the money was found and Keffer gave Duncan the bike, which helped considerably.
"He helped make my life easier," Duncan said, adding that his commute was reduced to 50 minutes one way. "They care about their , they care about their people and they care to help us."
But that wasn't good enough for Keffer, and the police department started a page for Duncan with the hopes of raising $5,000 to help fix his car. So far, it's raised over $42,000.
With that money, Duncan has been able to purchase a used Volkswagen Passat. And he's going to put the remainder towards his college expenses.