Cops Raise Cash To Buy Car For Teen Who Was Walking 5 Hours To And From Work

Jourdan Duncan impressed police with his unbeatable work ethic.

When 18-year-old Jourdan Duncan's car died, he was left without any way to get to work aside from walking over two hours each way. The Benicia, California resident explained to Yahoo that the money that he earns as a packaging line worker was split between helping out his parents, paying tuition, and saving up for a new car. 

But that changed one night several months ago when Duncan was stopped by Benicia Police Department Corporal Kirk Keffer as he walked home from work. "It's dark; there's no sidewalks," Keffer told Yahoo. "I asked him where he was walking to, and he says, 'Home.'"

Keffer offered Duncan a ride home and, hearing his story, decided to try to do something for the young man. He reached out to the Benicia Police Officers Association and, with the help of Wheels in Motion, a local bike shop, purchased a bike, helmet, and other accessories for Duncan, surprising him with the gifts at his workplace one night and cutting his commute down to 50 minutes each way.

But Keffer and the BPOA weren't done. They decided to help Duncan out by starting a GoFundMe account to help pay for his car repairs. The donations kept coming in and the department continued to raise the goal to help Duncan pursue his goals beyond just fixing his car, including college tuition and books and his eventual goal of joining the California Highway Patrol.

The account currently stands at $42,000 raised against a $50,000 goal.

"I wanted to make sure that he understood a good work ethic and dedication like that is going to be noticed and rewarded," Keffer told Yahoo.

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To help contribute to Jourdan Duncan, please visit the BPOA's GoFundMe site here. 

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