I retired from the fire department after 30 years and wanted something to do, so I started driving. I started with a van, but since I had hazmat experience, I got into tankers at First Choice. The whole team is great. I probably talk to 2 to 3 drivers a day just to see how they’re doing, what they’re doing. They call me, I call them. I talk to dispatch. I go into the office and talk to all of them. They’re like family to me.
When I’m driving, I don’t even listen to the radio. I just drive, and look around. It’s freedom. I just love being on the road. I can set my own schedule. The dispatcher tells me what time to pick up, but I figure out what time to leave. There’s a responsibility to it that I like. You have to know about what you’re carrying, how much you’re carrying, whether it’s hazardous or not, and how you should unload it. I love working here.