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Community Outreach for Man Who Walked 29 Miles to Pay Ticket

Ray Norman walked from Atlanta to Lilburn to pay a traffic ticket. Now strangers are coming forward to help the man who says he's "down on his luck."

Strangers are coming forward to help a homeless man who walked 29 miles from Atlanta to Lilburn to pay a traffic ticket. (Credit: Screenshot/WSB-TV)
Strangers are coming forward to help a homeless man who walked 29 miles from Atlanta to Lilburn to pay a traffic ticket. (Credit: Screenshot/WSB-TV)
By Patch Editor Vanzetta Evans

Last week, Patch reported how Lilburn police officers paid cab fare for a man who walked 29 miles from downtown Atlanta to pay a traffic ticket. And he made the eight hour trek in subfreezing temperatures.

Ray Norman told WSB-TV he's "down on his luck," and that is why he is staying at a homeless shelter in Atlanta. 

But his luck may be changing. After learning of his story, total strangers are coming forward to help the man out. One man even gave Norman $3,000 and is helping him find a job.

People have also offered the Lilburn officers money for their good deeds, but they cannot accept it due to the department's policy. Instead, the good hearted officers are asking people to send their money and support to Norman.
Marc Acampora January 15, 2014 at 07:46 PM
Did he actually go to just "pay a ticket"? This guy is getting a hero's treatment in the media but the pieces don't add up. The story says he is homeless, was in a traffic accident, had a court appearance and a public defender. Homeless but had a car? Had a car but had to walk (could be wrecked I guess)? Just had to pay a ticket but needed an attorney. I get the feeling the media is so hungry for a "feel good" story that they will find a hero whoever they can.

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