Jimmy John’s founder provides new car to driver who helped vet

Posted at 11:29 AM, Oct 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-29 13:29:05-04

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    COLUMBUS, Nebraska (KETV) — The Columbus, Nebraska delivery driver who helped an Army veteran get to the hospital last week is making his rounds in a new Ford Escape.

Jimmy John Liautaud, the founder of the sandwich chain, flew to Columbus Saturday to make the delivery himself.

Driver Zach Hillmer stepped in when the veteran Greg Holeman’s sister accidentally called the restaurant trying to arrange medical transport for the vet who was experiencing complications from a recent surgery.

Hillmer had been driving a 1991 Chevy Cavalier, damaged in a crash with a deer which, he estimated, had at least 160,000 miles on it

Liautaud presented the new vehicle, complete with Jimmy John’s decals in a brief ceremony Saturday with other employees of the Columbus store present.

Liautaud praised the group for the random act of kindness.

Hillmer, who served in the Navy, told KETV NewsWatch 7 last week that he was just glad he could help.

“You could hear the relief in her voice that something was going to get done. That was kind of nice just to hear that, That made it all worth it,” Hillmer said.

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