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Clients Of Limo Service Give Up Ride For Urgent Cause

CHICAGO — When the members of a law firm arrived at Midway Airport in Chicago on May 24, they ended up in a chauffeured SUV not belonging to their limousine service, 30 minutes later than planned.

Normally, a chauffeured client would be outraged. But these clients were thrilled with the situation. After arriving on a chartered jet, the members of The Lanier Law Firm in Houston, who had scheduled meetings the next day, were met by a surgical transplant team needing to get a donor heart to a little girl awaiting surgery in an operating room at a Chicago hospital.

The team’s donor transport vehicle was running late. The physicians saw a waiting black vehicle, and asked the attorneys if they could use their chauffeured Chevrolet Suburban, operated by Pontarelli Worldwide Ground Transportation.

The firm’s founder, Mark Lanier, replied: “Of course, and may God bless.” Lanier and fellow attorneys Lee Cirsch and Rick Meadow and pilot Stephen Adolph then waited for 30 minutes until the late donor transport vehicle arrived, which then took them to their Chicago hotel instead.

The attorneys later learned the heart arrived in time for the surgery and the girl, reportedly eight or nine years old, was doing fine.

“The folks from The Lanier Law Firm were excited to play a small role in making a difference in this little girl’s life,” said J.D. Cargill, director of marketing and communications for the firm.

"We feel very lucky and were honored to be able to help save someone's life," said Anuj Patel, the director of strategic development at Pontarelli. "We would like to thank everyone involved especially our amazing customers who didn't even think twice about it." 

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