Jourdan Duncan has been walking to and from work since May, making the two-hour trek to Pro-Form Laboratories after his car broke down and he didn’t want to ask for rides.
However, Duncan was surprised this past weekend when Benicia Police Corporal Kirk Keffer spotted him walking home and was so impressed with his dedication that he started the process of buying him a bike.
“I just happened to be going down industrial when I saw him walking,” Keffer said.
“He said, ‘So you walk from Vallejo to Benicia,’ I was like, If I have no other way,’” Duncan said.
Keffer was impressed by Duncan’s work ethic as the two of them got to know each other during the ride home. Duncan told Keffer that he wanted to be a police officer with the California Highway Patrol.
After meeting the young man, Keffer got together with members of the Benicia Police Officers Association to surprise Duncan on Monday with a mountain bike at work.
“There’s not a lot of 18 year olds out there that have this dedication we just wanted to make sure he know how much I appreciated what he’s doing,” Keffer said.
Duncan was overcome with gratitude, especially because the bike has already cut his travel time in half.
“This bike is my best friend,” he said. “I love this bike.”