Heartwarming: Students surprise high school janitor after he is targeted by thieves

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ARVADA, Colo. – William Manning has been the janitor at Arvada High School for 14 years.

After recent events, he says he has no plans of leaving.

Staff members say that there is no doubt that the janitor, who is dubbed ‘Wild Bill,’ has formed a unique bond with students.

“Everyone wants to support Bill because they know how much he would do for you,” Ian Fonseca told KUSA.

Two weeks ago, Bill’s car was stolen in the middle of the night. It was his only mode of transportation.

“I dropped to my knees and cried,” Bill said, “It’s my pride and joy. I worked really hard for it.”

The students say they knew Bill was hurt by the theft, and wanted to do something to give back to him after everything he has done for them.

In the span of two days, the students raised $4,000 to help Bill get another car.

“It means a lot to me, it means a lot of love and care,” Bill said. “These are my children here. This is my home and this is where I’ll retire someday.”