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Kewanee, IL Businessman's Act Of Kindness To A Soldier Goes Viral Online

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It's free, while you are protecting my freedom.

That's the word from a local business owner who says he will store a soldier's motorcycle, for free while he is deployed.

It turned into a viral story of love and support for our troops.

"They're there for us," said Jaime Walters, wife of a soldier overseas. "It's amazing to know that complete strangers are helping one another."

Jaime's husband is on his third deployment with the army. He's Sgt. First Class, Christopher Walters and has been serving his country for 23 years.

She said she was floored when a local businessman sent back a letter and her payment to store her husband's motorcycle, while he's away.

"Out of the kindness of his heart to make room in his building for my husband's bike, just gives you that warm, fuzzy feeling inside," said Walters.

So thankful for the support, she posted the letter to Facebook, not knowing that thousands would see it. 

Here's what the letter said:

"Dear Christopher and Jaime,

Enclosed you will find the check you mailed to us regarding the account of Christopher. It is the policy of Reiman's Harley-Davidson to waive storage fees for our active duty service members who are deployed. It is our honor to keep your bike safe and secure while you provide us with freedom. We hope you return to us safe and sound. Until that time, we will store your bike at no charge to you. This is our way of saying "Thank You" for your service to our country.

C. Dennis Packee
Dealer Principal"

Dennie Packee of Reiman's Harley-Davidson in Kewanee said it was just his way of thanking Sgt. Christopher Walters for his service.

"We've got to thank our boys and our ladies over there," said Packee. "They're the ultimate sacrifice. I'm just throwing a little spot in this building, they're giving a lot more than I could ever comprehend."

Packee said he's received calls from all across the country, people thanking him for what he did for a soldier and his family. Even the Admiral of the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan called him at sea.

"He told me God speed to you and I said no sir, God speed to you and your people and he said I have to leave now, this is the USS Ronald Reagan, signing off," said Packee.

But Packee said he's always done this for veterans and is humbled by all the attention his kindness has gotten.

"It just shows that people care, I'm just a small, small example," said Packee.

Dennie said they'll have Christopher's bike ready for him when he gets back.

Jaime Walters said they're hoping he'll be home for Christmas.

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