When Veronica spotted an elderly gentleman stranded in the hectic crowds after a 49ers game, she requested a Lyft to get him home safely. Her thoughtful act earned the San Francisco driver a page in the Lyft-story books as our very first Golden Fistbump winner!
Today, our award honors drivers at the top of their game, those who recognize every ride as a chance to make a difference — big or small.
Allison • Denver
Allison was parked and relaxing between ride requests when she heard a terrible crash: Up ahead, an elderly woman’s car had careened into a concrete signpost. Without hesitation, Allison signed out of Driver Mode and rushed to assist the shaken driver. Together they called a tow truck, lined up insurance, and arranged for repairs at a local body shop. “Then after everything was taken care of, I took her home. I hope she’s feeling okay today,” Allison wrote to her Loungemates. Thank you for saving the day and sharing your incredible story with us, Allison!
Michael • Nashville
On a night out with the 'stache, Michael noticed an overturned tractor. The first person on the scene, he stopped to help the driver, his daughter, and their dog escape from underneath the heavy vehicle. After ensuring the family was OK, he flipped right back into Driver Mode without skipping a beat. Who needs Superman when we have Michael on our team? Thanks for being a hero to our community!
Henry • Boston
Since Lyft's inception in Boston, Henry has been firing on cylinders. He was at the center of the first-ever Lyft Initiation; he's one of the top 10 drivers nationwide in passenger referrals; and he helped deliver canned goods for a local food drive during Lyftmas. His achievements on the road include teaching a man how to tie his tie before his company holiday party and regularly rescuing late-night riders from their impending hangovers with water bottles and snacks. One passenger writes: "I'd definitely bring Henry home to meet mom and grandma, and they'd both highly approve." We do, too!
Christina • San Diego
Many months have passed since Christina moved from San Diego to LA, but this top driver still has a wide fan base of passengers in her home city — and she's making new ones in the City of Angels with each passing mile! To her fellow drivers, Christina is known for the endless positivity and support she brings to the community each day. A talented event planner, Christina ran the show at last year's Lyftsgiving and is currently hatching a plan for the first-ever Lyft San Diego Music Festival.
Noah • Nashville
Noah's dedication to keeping drunk drivers off Nashville streets is a cut above the rest. Not only has he started working with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), but he's using the magic of the pink mustache to keep Nashville safe. After dropping off some passengers, he noticed an intoxicated man in his truck. He walked over to get him to take a Lyft, but was unable to convince him. After taking two requests, he came back to see if the man was still there or if he needed to call the police. The man was there, asleep in his truck with the engine running, so Noah walked over to him, got him to turn off the car and was finally able to get him to take a Lyft, and get home safely. Thank you for caring so much about our community, Noah!
Ellie • Twin Cities
As one of St. Paul's original drivers, Ellie has been a shining example for community members both in the Lounge and on the road. As fellow driver Gary put it, Ellie deserves the Golden Fistbump Award because she's "beloved by a passenger who mentioned your name with reverence because you provided more than a Lyft home, you lifted their flagging spirits and renewed their faith in Lyft and man. Moreover, for the numerous times you've come to the aid of a fellow driver with words of encouragement, wisdom, even-handed guidance and genuine, heartfelt support." Way to go, Ellie!
Nora • Denver
Nora has been a ray of sunshine ever since joining the Lyft Denver community, brightening up her local Lounge with helpful advice, selfie sing-along videos, and irresistibly cute animal photos. She also recently came up with the idea for a Lyft poker tournament for charity — and in a separate act of kindness, she purchased a Visa gift card for a passenger who was going through a hard time.
Christine • Seattle
It was late on a Saturday night, and Christine was out giving rides to Seattle passengers despite the blustering snow storm. She was prepared with amenities to keep her Lyft cozy, like blankets, plenty of snacks, and towels for wet feet (one passenger referred to Christine's toasty ride as a "lifesaver"). But what earned Christine the Golden Fistbump was what she did before swiping to start the Lyft: She hopped out of her car to help an elderly gentleman across the street. Her passenger was so moved she snapped a photo and emailed our team to share the story.
Chris • OC
As Chris was getting ready to flip off Driver Mode, he saw a man standing on the corner holding a gas can and decided to stop to see if he needed a ride. When the man asked why he was being so kind to a stranger, Chris explained it was because he simply enjoyed helping people. Chris later learned the man had only been in the country a month, and had yet to experience a warm welcome by the community. Now that he's been introduced to Lyft via Chris, we know it won't be his last great encounter with a stranger.
Morgan • LA
Morgan has embraced the Lyft LA community as her own family. When fellow driver Mike White was sick, Morgan took him under her wing by cooking him soup and delivering it to his door. She also recently delighted this elderly passenger, who doesn't have family of her own nearby and was thrilled when Morgan answered her request for a ride to the grocery store.
Jason • SF
This week's Golden Fistbump Award goes to Jason Nery, who has taken it upon himself to be "your family with a car." Jason recently accepted a request from a mother whose 9-year-old daughter missed the bus and couldn't get to school. While the mother admitted she was initially fearful of strangers, she knew she could call a Lyft and trust that her daughter would arrive safely. Jason stayed in touch with the mom the entire ride, and when they arrived, he even waited to make sure her daughter passed safely through the school doors.
Nia • Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh's inaugural Golden Fistbump Winner coordinated the community's very first volunteer initiative at the Children's Institute, sending a message that the Lyftsburgh drivers are there to give back to the community.
Megan • Indy
Charger? Check. Water? Got it. Saudi Arabian peanuts? Why yes, if you're in Megan's car! Indy rider Hanan made a special request when she Lyfted with Megan to the international market. The English word for an item on her grocery list had slipped her mind, so she asked for help scouring the aisles for "things you pop open and eat." Together they found Hanan's favorite snack, a Lebanese nut mix, and split a bag on the ride back. Great job cracking the case, Megan!
Chris • OC
While on an airport run, Chris heard the calls of someone in some serious need of help. Chris drove over to the police to report what he heard, and together Chris and the police officer helped stop an assault. What a way to save the day!
Savannah • Chicago
Riders are raving about Chicago's "heart-of-gold driver," Savannah. She was already a hero after swooping in to help rider Sean when his car ran out of gas on Lake Shore Drive — but then the poor rider realized he'd left his wallet in the car, and Savannah spotted him $10 for a can and a gallon of fuel! In her own words: "The hug he gave me proves what this community is all about.”
James • SF
James donated all of his Lyft earnings through Christmas to the typhoon victims in the Philippines. James' selfless acts don't stop there, as he cheers up passengers with expert cooking advice and warm cups of coffee.
Mary • LA
A passenger wrote in to tell us that his driver had not only rushed him to the hospital after he busted his knee, she actually walked him inside. As he put it, “The service I get from Lyft is always top notch. I'm obsessed with you guys!
Noah • Nashville
When Michael saw a car fire on the side of the road, he immediately pulled over, put out the fire, and Lyfted the owner to safety. Way to be Boston's guardian angel!
Tyler • Seattle
On one memorable ride, Tyler picked up a passenger who was headed home from a disappointing night out. When Tyler found out it was her birthday, he changed course and cruised to her favorite pub for a fun-filled evening. His passenger wrote in to say she tears up just thinking about how he turned her birthday around. Thanks for being a birthday-saving superhero, Tyler!
Lori • DC
As one of Lyft DC's earliest community leaders, Lori taught many of us how to spread the #LyftLove across DC. Lori's commitment to Lyft has always been rooted in her love for the community, and at Lyftsgiving, Lori went the extra mile to give back to fellow Washingtonians by delivering warm meals to DC's homeless.
Gilbert • LA
Jean • Boston
Jean was driving back from a Lyft when he noticed an unaccompanied child preparing to cross a busy street. Jean quickly pulled over, brought the child to safety, and notified the authorities. Huge kudos to Jean for lending a helping hand at a crucial moment!
Know a driver who's gone above and beyond to build community? Nominate them for a Golden Fistbump! Send a note to your Community Manager with their name and the reason they deserve the honor. The best stories come straight from you.