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Davenport doorman honored for 75 years of greeting guests

Head doorman honored for 75 years of...

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane legend has been greeting guests at the Historic Davenport Hotel in his bright red coat and top hat for 75 years.

When head doorman John Reed was just 13, he said he begged owner Louie Davenport to hire him, and started work as a bus boy.

Decades later, John was honored for his service.

He served his country in the military and came back to Spokane where he's been a Davenport staple ever since.

On Thursday, the hotel dedicated a board room in his name.

Mayor David Condon as well as Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers spoke about John, but we wanted to hear from the guest of honor himself.

“I don't believe it, I don't believe it,” Reed said. “I think it is a great honor, but to this...this whole deal here is amazing.”

The entire hotel staff was in attendance for John's big day.

They also bought him a brand new fridge for his home, stocked with his favorite drink: gin and tonics.


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