Operator Helps Stranded Family
When he saw a family stranded by the side of their broken-
down car on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, limousine operator
Mike Bennett of Bloomsburg, Pa., pulled over in his white
stretch and offered the people a ride home.
“They had a bumper sticker on their car that I recognized
as being from a local high school. I saw there was a
husband and wife and two young daughters, and since nobody
else was around, I figured it was safe,” said Bennett,
owner of Bennett Limousine Co.
“I pulled over and asked where they were going. And since
it was directly on my way, I just gave them a free ride.”
That one free ride didn’t just put a smile on the faces of
the two children and their parents, but it resulted in an
article in the local paper – and a surge in business for
“A lot of people are looking for people they can trust
nowadays, so I actually got a tremendous amount of calls
just because they wanted to go with me because I showed
myself as a good person,” he explained.
Carnegie Honors Chauffeur
The chauffeur honored with this year’s National Limousine
Association’s Shining Star Award has now received an even
greater honor: a Carnegie Medal of Heroism.
Evangelos Dimotsantos, 43, of Las Vegas, risked his life by
pulling two people to safety from a burning car wreck last
He was one of 17 people who recently received the award,
and its accompanying grant of $3,500.
The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission names awardees five times
a year, totaling 8,749 medals and $26.7 million since
industrialist philanthropist Andrew Carnegie established
the fund in 1904 after a massive explosion in a coal mine
in Harwick, Pa., claimed 181 people, two of which had tried
to rescue the trapped.
Free Rides for Charity
Operators like Jim Love of Love’s Limousine Service of
Hanford, Calif., shine positive light on the industry by
contributing free rides to charity organizations.
In this particular effort, Love took more than 40
kindergarten- through eighth-grade students on a luncheon
trip in his stretched Ford Excursion as part of fund-
raising event to benefit the local Kit Carson School.
“If I can help, then I will,” Love said. As for the
students? They were mostly concerned with how loud the
stereo was or if the fish in the limo’s aquarium were real,