Julie and Rich Morgan live in Indianapolis, Indiana, and for the last 25 years they've been reminiscing about legendary pies sold at Steve's Pizza in Battle Creek, Michigan."We were young and money was tight, says Julie, "but every payday Rick would bring home Steve's pizza. We've never tasted anything better." The couple were recently planning to revisit Battle Creek for Julie's birthday, but an unexpected illness left Rich in hospice.
The couple didn't know it, but Julie's dad called Steve's Pizza, hoping the restaurant might contact the couple or send them a text. But 18-year-old manager Dalton Shaffer had a different idea. After hearing their story, he immediately asked what kind of pizza the couple liked. Even though Steve's has a firm take-out-only rule, he drove 225 miles to Indianapolis to deliver two pepperoni pizzas to the couple's house. Julie remembers, "At 2:30 a.m., while Rich and I slept, Dalton rolled into our driveway, left his car running, and delivered two extra-special pizzas to my waiting family." Then Dalton drove back, so he could be at work the next morning.