A woman whose husband is serving in the military had let payments for the storage of his motorcycle lapse. She eventually paid, but was surprised when the check was returned with a note from the Harley-Davidson dealer…

It all began when Christopher Walters of Geneseo, Illinois, left his motorcycle in a rented space at Reiman’s Harley-Davidson dealership before being deployed overseas.

Christopher’s wife, Jaime, was supposed to make the regular payments for the storage space while he was gone, but she recently fell behind.

Jaime eventually sent a check to the dealership, with a note apologizing and explaining why the payment was late.

She could not have been more surprised when soon afterwards she received a letter from the Harley-Davidson dealership owner, Dennis Packee, returning the check.

“Enclosed you will find the check you mailed to us regarding the account of Christopher,” Dennis wrote.

“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 our freedoms. 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.”

So Dennis returned the check and didn’t think anything more of it. Until the phone rang…

It has since come to light that before Dennis was selling Harelys he was almost a soldier himself. In his youth he was nearly drafted to fight in Vietnam but was unable to due to a medical problem.

Dennis, seen here with Dianne Packee, says since then he’s been extra aware of the sacrifices made by our armed forces, and is always looking for ways to help.

Facebook | Dennis Packee

When Dennis mailed back Jaime’s check he thought that was the end of it.

That was until he started getting phone calls from strangers thanking him and media wanting to interview him. Dennis soon discovered that his letter had been posted on Facebook and that a grateful nation wanted to thank him.

Then, Representative Cheri Bustos and the Walters family visited the store to present him with a Congressional Record Statement to “…commend them for their service to our nation’s men and women in uniform.”

Facebook | Rep. Cheri Bustos

Dennis says that the thanks he has received has restored his faith in mankind.

“To see people step forward in this way, it’s just enlightened me,” he said. “A small effort like this, and look where it’s gone. Maybe more will do the same thing.”