Jimmy John’s founder gives new car to driver who helped vet

Jimmy John’s founder gives new car to driver who helped vet
A wrong number turned out to be a godsend for a Columbus, Nebraska, military veteran who needed to go to the hospital.

COLUMBUS, Neb. (KETV) — A Jimmy John’s delivery driver who helped an Army veteran get to the hospital last week is making his rounds in a new Ford Escape.

Jimmy John Liautaud, the founder of the sandwich chain, flew to Columbus, Nebraska, on Saturday to make the delivery himself.

Driver Zach Hillmer stepped in when veteran Greg Holeman’s sister accidentally called the restaurant trying to arrange medical transport for the vet who was experiencing complications from a recent surgery.

Hillmer had been driving a 1991 Chevy Cavalier, which he estimated had at least 160,000 miles on it. The car had also been damaged in a crash with a deer.

Liautaud presented the new vehicle, complete with Jimmy John’s decals, in a brief ceremony Saturday with other employees of the Columbus store present.

Liautaud praised the group for the random act of kindness.

Hillmer, who served in the Navy, told KETV NewsWatch 7 last week that he was just glad he could help.

“You could hear the relief in her voice that something was going to get done. That was kind of nice just to hear that; that made it all worth it,” Hillmer said.