For Zacchary Ellis, helping customers is part of his job. But for one family, Zacc went above and beyond his job responsibilities on a summer day in 2019.
That July, Zacc was an assistant manager at Store 1778 in Cody, Wyoming. Some customers came in looking for a wheelchair but, due to an ongoing remodel, no wheelchairs were on the shelf. Zacc went to help.
Fulfilling a Promise to Dad
The customers were Brian Locke and several of his brothers. They were visiting from Wichita, Kansas. The Locke brothers—all six of them—were in town fulfilling a promise to get their dad back to Cody for a fishing trip.
Larry Locke and his sons had been making an annual trip to Cody to fish for years. But in 2018, the trip had to be cancelled when Larry was diagnosed with cancer. The toll of chemotherapy and surgery wore him down, but Larry’s sons kept him going with a promise to return to Cody in 2019.
Though Larry’s health was failing that summer, his family was determined to make the trip. Their first day there, the brothers made do by carrying their father down to a fishing spot in a lawn chair. At the end of the day, they stopped at Walmart to look for a better solution.