Police officer sparks hard work pay off for Ruby Tuesday cook

Hard work pays off for Ruby Tuesday cook

It was 3am Saturday morning.

30-year-old Kevan Finley leaves his home in Euclid.

Five hours and 18 miles later he gets to work at the Ruby Tuesday in Mentor.

His mode of transportation is his feet.

“I risk being late when I catch the bus on Saturdays so I don't like being late. I'd rather walk on those days," said Finley.

“He comes in everyday.  He does a great job," says Ruby Tuesday Manager, Kelly Parcell-Cobb.

"He's never once asked anyone for a ride."

This time Mentor Police officer Phil Croucher was driving by and offered a ride.

"I told him I was going to work at Ruby Tuesday so he dropped me off there," said Finley.

Debi Boehlefeld’s husband Greg saw it all unfold.

“He came home and said I have this awesome story to tell you. I saw this Mentor police officer picking up this young man on the side of the road," Boehlefeld recounts her husband’s story.

Officer Phil Croucher isn’t looking for an interview.

But the Boehlefeld’s are singing his praises.

Debi says, "Greg said he was very humble and that the officer said “it's not a big deal.  I just gave him a ride."

"Well he's not the first police officer who has ever offered me a ride so I wasn't too surprised by it.  Thankful, but not surprised," said Finley.

Debi Boehlefeld thought the world could use a good stuff story like this and posted her husband’s account of it on Facebook.

"Everyone is just wishing Kevan well and saying God Bless you.  You are such a hard worker," said Boehlefeld.

"People have been coming in all day bringing 5 dollars, 10 dollars. We have an envelope in the office for him full of money," said Parcell-Cobb.

His co-workers have also started a GoFundMe account to jump start a car fund for Finley.  

The guy behind Lakeland Auto Credit in Euclid knows a good stuff guy when he sees him.

In fact, Owner Neil Perry IS the good stuff.  He put up $1,000 of his own money, and if people are moved by Finley’s story, will match another thousand dollars.  He has a car ready to give to Finley.

"I've been there. A few years ago I walked some miles in the guy's shoes so I figured I am in a position to help. Why not? People have helped me. I’ll pass it on."

Finley smiles when he says, "I wouldn’t be walking 5 hours to work anymore. That would cut the trip down to about 20 minutes I think."

"God weaves things all the way through our lives and I think this is a good example of that," said Boehlefeld.


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