Jimmy John Liautaud, founder of Jimmy John, visited Columbus on Saturday to present delivery driver Zach Hillmer with a brand new car.
The visit came after The Columbus Telegram on Tuesday released a story about Hillmer giving Columbus a residency and veteran Greg Holeman a drive to the hospital after his sister Lisa Nagengast had inadvertently phoned the restaurant. The story later became viral and was later reported by various state and national news channels.
On Friday, Liautaud called the store and talked to Hillmer on the phone. During their conversation, Liautaud learned the car that Hillmer owned and drove for his deliveries was a 1
It was then Liautaud said he told Hillmer that he was giving him a brand new Ford Escape would personally give as a thank you.
"That's it, that's what America created," Liautaud said of Hillmer's story, "It's about helping each other and helping each other. We are all a team, right? It's beautiful, just beautiful. It warms my heart.
Liautaud flew from Champaign, Illinois, to Columbus Municipal Airport to introduce Hillmer by car to a crowd of his store colleagues.
"I was very surprised when he called. I just saw pictures of him, interviews on TV, stuff like that, "Hillmer said of Liautaud." So it was really cool to be able to meet him, never thought that would happen.
The Delivery Driver "I valued Liautaud's gift very much."
"I do not really have the words, it was amazing when Jimmy called me and told me what he would do," Hillmer said is pretty emotional for me.
Sam Nixon, a Columbus business partner, "Jimmy Johns, said the store received calls from veterans across the country all week praising the store and Hillmer throughout the week."
"I see www.mjfriendship.de/de/index.php?op…39&Itemid=32 I'm really happy about the area codes, and immediately goose bumps start to rise in my neck. And hearing what they have to say is amazing, "Sam Nixon said.
Jan Nixon, another owner of the Columbus franchisees, said Liautaud's visit to the store was the biggest event that had ever happened to her since she was She said she was glad that Zach got a new car.
"I was crying because I'm just so happy for Zach. This car is beautiful and deserves it so much, "said Jan Nixon.
After the meeting, Liautaud returned to the airport and Hillmer said he would" drive on for Jimmy John and see what's next. "