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LIMOUSINE, CHARTER & TOUR SEPTEMBER 2016 15 however, insisted on paying them for all hours worked. "People here made me so proud to be an American," Clark recalled. "Everyone did their jobs, and really stepped up to help our family; the community becomes a family after something like this happens." The fleet logistics, which Clark at times described as crazy, are too numerous to recount. Premier deployed its four motorcoaches, five stretch limousines, Sprinter vans, mini-buses, sedans, SUVs, and even drew upon local affiliates Concierge Limousine and AJL Transportation when it ran out of vehicles. Davis recalled some of the memorable highlights: He woke up at 2:30 a.m. on one day to spot the company's four mo- torcoaches as they transported 200 police officers from the Dallas Police Department headquarters to Love Field so they could catch flights for the funeral of Officer Michael Krol held in Redford Township, Mich. Southwest Airlines donated tickets for the officers, who returned to Dallas later that afternoon. American Airlines also donated flight transportation to relatives and officers flying in and out of Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport. While participating in a convoy to and from DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit), police officer Brent Thompson's funeral in Corsicana, about 55 miles south of Dallas, Davis observed how police vehicles from towns and cities along the way would seamlessly flow in and peel off from the pro- cession as it moved across each borderline. "It was an experience to see something of this skill and magnitude, and how everyone came together for the same purpose, Davis said. Most inspiring was how the tragedy touched people from all walks of life across the city, regardless of creed, color or background, Davis said. "That incident really crippled this city. In my 45 years of living, I've never seen Dallas as a whole come together like this. A lot of people had taken the police for granted for putting their lives on the line. The outpouring of love and support is obvious and visible. There's a story on the news every day where people are doing something for police officers. Community relations have gotten much better." n Among the many Premier Transportation employees involved: Lori Clark, Katy Golden, Todd Davis, and owner/CEO Eric Devlin. A Witness Along The Trail Of Grief "I'll tell you I wish I could've filmed everything. It was the most phe- nomenal thing I have ever witnessed. Today I was at a large church in North Dallas, and there were thousands of people — almost all of them representing Sheriff's departments, Border Patrol, U.S. Customs, police departments, state troopers, the FBI, etc. from all around North America. To witness this brotherhood in action has truly been an awe- some thing to see. Oh, the places where I couldn't video, all along the streets this morning! The closure of the streets and all intersections blocked. The LBJ Freeway was completely closed. People lined up, off and on, all along the route. And after the service at the church this afternoon, people were lined up on over- passes and along the streets to the cemetery. It was absolutely amazing to see. . . the relatives, while absolutely heartbroken, have truly appreci- ated the outpouring of love and support." — From a Premier chauffeur, who asked to remain anonymous p p , h e s e r v i c e a t t h e u p o n o v e r - e t e r y . I t a t i v e s , p p r e c i - t o OPERATORS OUT & ABOUT COMMONWEALTH WORLDWIDE NAMED "BEST CAR SERVICE" IN BOSTON FOR SIXTH TIME ALLSTON, Mass. – Commonwealth Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation has been awarded "Best Car Service" by Boston Magazine for the sixth time since 1984. Boston Magazine states: "Whether you want your high-profile clients chauffeured around town or simply need a lift to Logan, Commonwealth Worldwide has you covered, stylishly. Founded in Boston nearly 35 years ago, the international car service boasts sparkling new fleets of luxury se- dans and SUVs, as well as an app that allows users to track their vehicle, contact their driver, or adjust their itinerary with ease. Move over, Uber." "This is truly a testament to our team of dedi- cated professionals – not only here in Boston, but our offices and fleet operations in New York City as well as our worldwide affiliate partners – for their attention to every detail to ensure our clients enjoy a flawless experience from begin- ning to end," Founder and CEO Dawson Rutter said in a press release. "It is indeed very gratify- ing to be recognized throughout Boston and New England for our great customer service and our great company." Commonwealth Worldwide specializes in global corporate chauffeured transportation services for business travel, private aviation, financial road shows, staged entertainment/production tours, meetings and special events, and luxury hotels. In customer service technology, Commonwealth has developed a suite of mobile and desktop commu- nications tools to allow clients to see their vehicle locations in real time and call their chauffeur via a button on their phones. ton button on their phones. on their phones. In addition to being selected Best of Boston five n In addition to being selected Best of Boston five addition to being selected Best of Boston five other times, Commonwealth has been awarded er other times, Commonwealth has been awarded times, Commonwealth has been awarded national "Operator of the Year" by the Taxi, Lim- onal national "Operator of the Year" by the Taxi, Lim- "Operator of the Year" by the Taxi, Lim- ousine & Paratransit Association, the "Concierge ine ousine & Paratransit Association, the "Concierge & Paratransit Association, the "Concierge Choice" Award from the New York City Association oice" Choice" Award from the New York City Association Award from the New York City Association of Hotel Concierges, and the Hartford Insurance Hotel of Hotel Concierges, and the Hartford Insurance Concierges, and the Hartford Insurance "Pewter Stag" Award for Safety. wter "Pewter Stag" Award for Safety. Stag" Award for Safety. Information: www.commonwealthlimo.com ormation: Information: www.commonwealthlimo.com www.commonwealthlimo.com n Commonwealth CEO Dawson Rutter and affiliate director Tami Saccaccio at the 2014 GBTA Convention in Los Ange- les. (LCT file photo)