As the story goes, Christopher Walters is a soldier of the United States Armed Forces. The soldier left his Harley-Davidson motorbike at a rented space with the Harley-Davidson dealership at Reiman, just before he got deployed overseas.
Meanwhile, Jamie, Christopher’s wife, was to keep up with the payments for this storage space. But, as circumstances would have it, Jamie fell a little behind on the payments.
Like any good citizen who pay their debts on time, Jamie sent in the check to the dealership. And along with the check was an apology letter explaining why she fell late on the payments.
Our soldiers sacrifice a lot for our country. And so do their families! And everyone should understand that! And this is something Dennis Peckee, the owner of the Harley-Davidson dealership understands very well.
Apparently, as soon as Dennis saw the letter, he told his office employee, “You send that money back to her! I never, ever!”
Dennis then wrote back to Jamie explaining his dealership’s policy, which he has maintained for a good 18 years. The money was duly returned as well. The policy Dennis has maintained to waive off storage fees for active duty servicemen who are deployed. He also expressed how it was their dealership’s honor to keep their bike!
As it turns out, Dennis himself was almost drafted for service for the Vietnam War. But at the last moment was discharged for some medical reasons. Ever since he has been very conscious of the sacrifices made by our soldiers and their families.
The letter was uploaded by Jamie on Facebook, which went viral. Dennis started receiving numerous calls of people thanking him from around the country. “It was impossible to answer them all. I got to thinking, this is America and people DO care. They care about their soldiers and they’re expressing that,” Dennis noted.
Even the Walters and Representative Cheir Bustos presented him with a Congressional Record Statement, while visiting his store. The statement read, “…commend them for their service to our nation’s men and women in uniform.”