Cab Driver Looks for Work After 22 Years on the Job

By Alex Rose

Published 07/02 2014 07:23PM

Updated 07/03 2014 10:34AM

Burlington, Vt.- When you hop into Tim Savage's cab, you're greeted by a smile and a hearty chuckle.

"My father always told me, 'Treat people they way you want to be treated. If you don't, then you get what you deserve,'" Savage said.

But now his career as a cab driver has come full circle.

"I was scared to death on my first day, and I'm scared to death now," Savage said.

Savage started working for Benway's cab company 22 years ago. In June, the company announced it would close its doors for good July 5th.

"I try to hold it in, not let nobody see or whatever, but it's going to be scary, not coming in here Monday morning at 5 am," Savage said.

After more than two decades of working with the same people, Savage says only one word describes what Benway's means to him.

"It's uh like family,” Savage said. “You can come in and you can pick on any of them, they'll pick right back on you."

For Savage, driving the streets of Burlington for years has been nothing short of special.

"I see all different kinds of people and I try to be out there to help the people around,” Savage said. “I enjoy my job. I love it actually."

The state has come in with help. The Vermont Department of Labor has been to Benway’s a couple times in the past month. They're offering help to the 60 plus employees.

One of their services includes helping them apply for grant money to start their own business.

Savage likes the idea of starting a cab company, but what he will do after Saturday is still up in the air.

"Still thinking,” Savage said. “Everybody's after me for that one million dollar question. The answer, don't know unfortunately."

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