FOR A JOB WELL DONE
Troy rehab center gets bicycle for dependable staffer
TROY, N.Y. » Nomatter the weather conditions outside, 23-year- old Dillon Beddow will still make sure that he arrives to his job at the Troy Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing on time and without any complaints or excuses.
For the past four years, Beddow has walked roughly 2.5 miles each way in all types of weather conditions from his residence in Troy to his housekeeping job at the Troy Center at 49 Marvin Ave.
“I wish I could clone him to have many more like him,” said Kendra Raymond, director of nursing at the Troy Center.
Beddow said that he enjoys his job and wants to be a team player, so that’s why he makes sure to always get himself to work on time.
“Overall, I just like the atmosphere there and the residents mostly,” Beddow said. “I enjoy working and I think that weather on top of it shouldn’t stop you from coming into work, especially if you don’t live that far away.”
After walking nearly five miles to and from work every day in the snow or rain or any other conditions, the staff at the Troy Center wanted to find a way to show their appreciation to Beddow’s commitment to his job.
So with that Raymond and other staff members decided to present Beddow with a brand new bicycle a couple weeks ago.
“We wanted to reward the positive ethical behavior that he had of coming to work no matter what,” said Raymond, noting it was the other staff members came to her asking what they could all do for Beddow. “There’s many obstacles that he could have used as an excuse to not get to work but he didn’t, he still made sure that he came to work, still made sure that the residents had a clean place, made sure he helped his fellow co-workers. He’s always very pleasant and he never complained.”
Beddow said that he was shocked when Raymond and other staff members surprised him with a new bicycle recently and he said he has already enjoyed ridding it to and from work.
“I was quite surprised and a little happy,” Beddow said. “I’ve been using it for the past week and it’s a lot faster [to get to work now].”
Beddow said he looks forward to being able to ride his new bicycle to and from work from now on, although he admitted that he always had no second thoughts when it came to walking into work either.
“I never had second thoughts, I just got up, got dressed and started heading into work,” Beddow said. “Truthfully to me, behind the real reason as to why I walked for so long is because I have a lot loyalty to the staff that hired me [and who I work with].”
Troy resident and Troy Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation housekeeper employee Dillon Beddow stands next to his new bike given to him by his bosses and co-workers after walking all winter to and from work without missing work days.