Tears flow as restored truck glitters before stunned owner

Tearful reunion

Ashley Walker hugs JR Raymond after her friends and family surprised her with a fully restored 1959 Chevrolet pickup at Chillin’ on Beale Street Saturday. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)

Ashley Walker hugs JR Raymond after her friends and family surprised her with a fully restored 1959 Chevrolet pickup at Chillin’ on Beale Street Saturday. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)

Dry eyes were in short supply Saturday at the Chillin' on Beale Street Car Show and Block Party when Ashley Walker was presented with a customized 1959 Chevrolet Apache pickup she and her late husband purchased shortly before the couple deployed to Afghanistan in 2012.

Sgt. Brian Walker, 25, was killed in action just days into his second tour when a roadside bomb hit the MRAP he commanded. Pfc. Richard McNulty III, 22, also was killed and three other soldiers were wounded.

Saturday marked the first time Ashley had seen the truck since her husband's death. The pair met at Fort Bragg and were military police officers.

Ashley left the Army in 2012 and is now a Kingman police officer.

"I love it," she said when Doug Kildoo presented her with the keys - after a dramatic entrance complete with fire engines and KPD patrol units with flashing lights and sirens accompanied Kildoo as he drove it down Beale Street and parked it.

Kildoo said he spent more than 400 hours restoring the truck, and that number doesn't include the time spent at the body and upholstery shops.

"It was just a rotted out rust bucket when they bought it," said Tanner Miller, Ashley's brother-in-law.

"I'm just flabbergasted," said Ashley. "I'm overwhelmed. It's more than I hoped for."