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McKoyAs massive snow drifts melt and make way for Spring, many people are trying to forget this year’s particularly harsh New England winter. Yet, some will be remembered for their fortitude and dedication displayed during many the frigid storm.

Jerome McKoy is employed at Wheelock College Dining Services by Sodexo. He is a United States Army Veteran with nearly twenty years of service. McKoy currently resides at a VA shelter nearly three miles away from campus. Despite blizzard conditions, McKoy walked to and from the shelter, never late or missing one scheduled shift. Kevin J. Moquin, Sodexo general manager at Wheelock College was touched by McKoy’s commitment to the dining team.

One night in the midst of the storm, he told McKoy we had beds on campus and that he could stay. “No thank you, I am going to go home,” said McKoy. “Don’t worry I will be here tomorrow because I am a soldier and it will take more than snow to keep me from work.”  According to Moquin, McKoy was scheduled to work at 12:30 pm Tuesday, snow still falling. “Jerome came in thirty minutes before his shift started,” said Moquin. “I asked him how he got through the snow, he said, ‘I told you I would because I am a soldier.'”

Just before he left that night, he said “Good night, I will see you all tomorrow.” “I turned to him, saluted, and said, ‘Yes, we will,'” said Moquin.

McKoy was hired at Wheelock with the help of Mark Bryson, Veteran Employment Representative for the Department of Career Services housed at Boston Career Link.

“I assist veterans making sure they have adequate resumes, cover letters, and other services they may need for their employment goals,” said Bryson. “I worked with Jerome for over six months, during which time he was doing part-time work.”

“Jerome wanted full-time employment – he demonstrated the motivation and determination. We’re very pleased that he is valued for his role at Wheelock College Dining,” said Bryson.

Reposted from Wheelock College. 

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