Man Walks 3 Hours Each Way To Get to Work Until Sheriff's Office Finds Out


Thanks to Sheriff Mason and other members of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department, a young Maryland man won’t need to walk three hours to get to work anymore.

Isaac Saul Mettle Jr.’s scooter broke down almost six weeks ago. Instead of quitting, he continued making the 10-mile trek to his Texas Roadhouse job on foot.

Mettle told 47 ABC, “On feet it takes about three hours and on bike it’s about an hour, probably, about an hour and ten minutes. It’s just what I have to do.”

His co-workers said he hasn’t complained once since the unfortunate incident and has proven just how far a positive attitude can go.

In fact, he has never missed a shift.

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“The thing is I don’t try to bring my problems to work. I don’t try to, I don’t try to take it out on anybody else,” he said.

The team at the Fruitland, Maryland, Texas Roadhouse wanted to lend a helping hand so they set up a GoFundMe page to start raising money to buy him a new moped.

Nathan Richwyne, Managing Partner at the chain restaurant, said, “I mean walking three hours to work from Nanticoke Road and never once did I hear him complain, so we’re trying to do whatever we can to raise money for him.”

Once the Worcester Sheriff’s Department heard of the dedicated young man’s story, they knew they wanted to help as well.

A Facebook post on the Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page shared Mettle’s story, including some home repairs that Mettle also needed, and asked the public to consider lending a helping hand.

As well as promoting a benefit car wash at the Texas Roadhouse, the post encouraged people interested in making donations to call the office, promising to give the money to Mettle the following week.

The response was overwhelming.

An update was shared the next day announcing that Patrick Adkins, of PNR Auto, offered to donate a car to the young man as well as helping him with any future repairs.

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“We watched him and he’s one of the hard workers. When you watch him work he’s got a rhythm to it. When it’s somebody like that, you know, it’s easy to do something for him,” Adkins said of Mettle.

Adkins wasn’t the only local business owner to step up, however.

A landscaping business offered to take care of his lawn “as long as it’s needed” and an HVAC company and a plumbing company both offered to help with any repairs Mettle needs in his home.

Natalie’s Lemonade Stand also offered to buy him gift cards to a local grocery store.

“It’s part of the community. When you have somebody that’s a worker like that, you know there’s so many people who want something for free and don’t want to take an earning,” Adkins said.

“Then you have this gentleman that doesn’t want to complain and he keeps on going regardless of the situation he just keeps on going.”

Once the coastal community in Maryland heard of Mettle’s need, they truly rallied around him to help him get back on his feet. This story is such a beautiful picture of what can happen when a community looks out for those in it.

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Kayla has been a staff writer for The Western Journal since 2018.
Kayla Kunkel began writing for The Western Journal in 2018.
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