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Toyota Steps In To Help Nurse After Seeing Photo of Torched Truck from Wildfire Rescues

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The recent California wildfires have done more than just devour thousands of acres of woodland. They’ve also destroyed numerous homes and claimed scores of lives.

According to The New York Times, some 44 people have perished due to the blaze. But the wildfires, as awful as they may be, have given us something good, too.

They’ve provided tales of undeniable human bravery. One such story involved a nurse named Allyn Pierce.

As the flames swept toward his home of Paradise, California, Pierce knew one thing: He had to get going and get going now.

Yet the blaze was moving so fast and burning so hot that he wasn’t sure he could make it. So he took out his phone and recorded a goodbye message just in case he didn’t survive.

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“Just in case this doesn’t work out, I want you to know I really tried to make it out,” he said. Then he began to drive, terror welling up as flames swirled around him.

“I was like, ‘I think I’m done,’” Pierce said. “I just kept thinking, ‘I’m going to die in melting plastic.’”

 

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He very well might have, too, because a burning vehicle had blocked his way. But a fortuitous intervention saved his life.

Suddenly, a bulldozer arrived seemingly out of nowhere. It crashed into the flaming vehicle, knocking it aside, and that was the moment Pierce could’ve fled.

Instead, he drove back to the hospital in Paradise to see if he could help others. The Sacramento Bee reported that he credits his Toyota pickup truck for his survival.

“Here’s my @toyotausa commercial,” he wrote on Instagram. “This truck literally saved my life today.

“My little town of Paradise was literally burning down around me, and @the_pandra (his nickname for his truck) got me to safety where I could help others…twice. … Thanks to the fire fighters, law enforcement, and my fellow healthcare workers for the work we all did getting the hospital evacuated and our patients to safety.”

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Sadly, Pierce didn’t escape unscathed. His house was destroyed.

He also wasn’t sure about his employment. “I struggled posting this, but with my house gone and my hospital … I don’t know where my job sits,” he said.

Even his car was heavily damaged, the paint singed and the lights melted. Yet that’s one thing he won’t have to worry about because Toyota has agreed to give him a brand new one.

“Hi Allyn, we are humbled you’d risk your life and Toyota Tundra to drive people to safety,” the company said. “Don’t worry about your truck, we’re honored to get you a new one!”

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A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine.
A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine. Most days find him crafting copy for corporate and small-business clients, but he also occasionally indulges in creative writing. His short fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines. Loren currently lives in south Florida with his wife and three children.
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