Kind act propels Nicholas to awards
A CAIRNS taxi driver has been recognised as one of the city’s best for an act of kindness towards a complete stranger.
Nicholas Daniels started his new career as a taxi driver about eight months ago and this week earned himself the company’s 2018 Customer Service Award.
His recognition stemmed from a good deed in September this year, when he assisted an elderly lady who had fallen on the side of the road in the wet and had broken her wrist.
“I was stopped at a red light (near the library on Abbott St) and this lady on the footpath went straight down,” he said.
“She was grey in the face and you could tell shock had set in.”
Noticing that she had badly hurt her wrist, Mr Daniels pulled over to assist the woman, offering to take her to the hospital.
He said the lady wanted to pick up her husband first, so he drove to their house, picked him up and then took them both to the emergency department without any charge.
“To me, I didn’t do anything special,” he said.
Fleet services manager Chris Balsom praised Mr Daniels’ for taking the initiative to assist someone in need.
Fellow drivers Heinz Bohn and Michael Aguis have also been recognised as part of Cairns Taxis’ annual awards, being named Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Driver of the Year and Operator of the Year, respectively.
All are now in the running for the state awards, in Brisbane on November 20.
GOOD SAMARITAN: Taxi driver Nicholas Daniels has been nominated for a customer service award at the Taxi Council of Queensland Awards. Picture: BRENDAN RADKE