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HONORING MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY

FIRST RESPONDERS, TRAFFIC RESPONSE, AND MEDICAL PERSONNEL are often the first people our clients see after they have been injured in an accident or other detrimental event, providing life-saving measures and shepherding them to safety. We, along with our clients, are incredibly grateful to these heroic people who put their lives on the line every day so that we can be safe or cared for in the event that we have been hurt. We don’t believe that they get enough praise and credit for what they do!

Hardin’s Heroes was created by Matt Hardin to honor members of our community who go above and beyond the call of duty during times of crisis. Through our interviews, we learn about them, their vital roles, and their motivations behind helping those in need. In recognition of these amazing people, Matt Hardin Law donates $500 to the charity of the Hero’s choice.

To nominate a first responder to be featured on our site, please send an e-mail to community@matthardinlaw.com.

WE ARE CURRENTLY HONORING THOSE WORKING THE FRONT LINES DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

Hardin’s Heroes was created by Matt Hardin to honor members of our community who go above and beyond the call of duty during times of crisis. Through our interviews, we learn about them, their vital roles, and their motivations behind helping those in need. In recognition of these amazing people, Matt Hardin Law donates $500 to the charity of the Hero’s choice.

OUR NEWEST HARDIN’S HERO IS…

Keith Jones

Although his work as a truck driver requires him to travel all over the country, Keith Jones calls Union City, Tennessee home. Keith and his family moved to Union City five years ago to be closer to his wife, Laura’s, family.

As a truck driver, he’s working all hours of the day to help keep the shelves stocked with essential items. It’s a job that’s sometimes overlooked, but given the recent outbreak, workers like Keith are needed now more than ever.

Tell us a little about what you do.

I work for Walmart transportation and I’m a truck driver. I’ve been a truck driver for 18 years now and about three years ago Walmart called me. I haul all sorts of essential commodities for them. Anything that’s deemed as an essential product, food, toilet paper, you name it. If you go to your local Walmart and pick up, then we’ve hauled it.

What’s it like working for Walmart?

It’s a pretty strenuous process to get in with Walmart. The adage is that Walmart is kind of like trying to get into Harvard. It’s very difficult. The safety aspect of it, or the attention to safety I should say, is definitely something that makes it a great desire for drivers. The pay and the home-time are also great.

How has the recent COVID-19 outbreak affected your work?

Well, we’re [required to] wear masks everywhere inside for any Walmart location or vendor location. We’ve implemented a lot of steps at our DCs (distribution centers) and the stores that we deliver to as far as the six-foot distancing. We’re provided with over and beyond cleaning supplies to keep us safe in our trucks.

Why do you think it’s important that you continue your work right now?

We’ve already seen firsthand what happens when there’s a run on food and general supplies. Without trucks and freight getting to stores, America stops.

What would you say is the hardest part of your job?

There’s so much but I would say safety, and that’s broad but generally the motoring the public. Even when you get to the store or a location, and you think that you’re safe, anything could happen. So, I’d say safety and traffic would rank in there.

Do you have any advice that you would give someone during this time?

Stay calm. The world’s not going to end. Definitely don’t go about your normal routine. Practice good health and remember your loved ones.

What do you look forward to doing most once things return to normal?

As silly as it sounds, my wife and I have this local drive-in here in Calvert City. And we love to go there to just kind of relax. They have a pizza called a “Kitchen Sink” because it’s got everything thrown into it, like the kitchen sink. And simple stuff like that, just being able to go to the movies or going out to your local parks. I look forward to that so much.

Who in your life would you say is a hero?

My wife. Also, my aunt Pat. She’s a nurse and she’s providing for the people that aren’t necessarily in the ER and whatnot, but the people that are most vulnerable because she works a lot with the elderly. She really has a lot of my respect and I admire her because she works ungodly hours to make sure that these patients are taken care of at all costs.
Being able to shake hands with someone, hug someone, and just being able to see people and walk by each other without a mask. I want to go out to dinner or leave work and be able to go shopping if I want to.

If you had to choose one superhero power, what would you choose?

Flying! That way I don’t have to drive through traffic!

Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us, Keith. We hope you and your family stay safe.

For sacrificing his time and his own safety to continue to bring communities essential items during the COVID-19 virus, we’re proud to award Keith with the Hardin’s Heroes title, certificate, and a donation of $500 to his chosen charity, Safe Haven Family Shelter, in order to help with the distressing recent increase in domestic violence.

Safe Haven works to eliminate homelessness by providing housing, support, and empowerment to those in need or those escaping abuse situations.

Click Below To View Our Past Hardin's Hero Honorees