Kind act pro­pels Ni­cholas to awards

The Weekend Post - - News - AN­DREA FALVO an­drea.falvo@news.com.au

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

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