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Jerome Green of Red Top Cab in Arlington, Va., named best taxi driver of the year

5:32 PM, Oct 23, 2012   |    comments
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ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA)  -  Red Top cab #281 is no ordinary cab because of its driver. 

Jerome Green has been on the job for nearly 40 years.

A national organization that represents 80,000 cab drivers nationwide recently selected him as the best taxi driver of the year.

They took into consideration his driving record, his community service, and letters of recommendation.

Green says this is "probably one of the highlights of my life. I would rank it up there with the Bronze star I receiving from the Army coming out of Vietnam."

Part of the reason Green was honored is because he sacrifices his fare to make sure kids get to school in time for early morning tutoring.

Mary Begley is the principal of Arlington Science Focus School, where Green drops off the kids. She says the school can provide afternoon bus service, but having the kids in the morning is better because "the kids who come for before school tutorial make greater progress."

So four days a week for the past seven years, Green has picked up and dropped off kids whose parents can't for one reason or another. He's giving them a head start in the classroom.

But he's not just giving them a ride: he's turned his cab into a mobile classroom of sorts.

In here, he's not teaching reading, writing or arithmetic. He's teaching them about kindness and respect

Rachel Asinugo is a student and says every morning when she climbs into the cab, she says Green doesn't go "unless we say 'good morning' and he talks to us about school and how it is very important"

Green is making a difference for these kids and he hopes also for his profession because,he tells us, "as opposed to the guy that will rip you off, that there are a lot of good guys out here and we put a lot of thought into what we are doing."

So if you see Red Top Cab #281, you might be lucky and catch a ride with the best cabbie in the country.

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