FOR A JOB WELL DONE

Troy re­hab cen­ter gets bi­cy­cle for de­pend­able staffer

The Record (Troy, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Ni­cholas Buo­nanno nbuo­nanno@troyrecord.com @Nick­Buo­nanno on Twit­ter

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].”

PHOTO PRO­VIDED

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.

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