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Toyota Offers to Replace Burned Tundra Used to Save People From Camp Fire

One nurse from the hospital in the now-burned-down city of Paradise, California, is being dubbed a “hero” for his actions while the Camp Fire raged on. Truth be told, he couldn’t have done it without his trusty Toyota truck.
Nurse's Toyota Tundra used to rescue people from Camp Fire 6 photos
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Until recently, Allyn Pierce drove a white Toyota Tundra he loved so much he even dedicated most of his Instagram posts to it. It proved to be of great help to him in last week’s Camp Fire, allowing him to go back into the city of Paradise twice to save people’s lives.

His story has gone viral after it was picked up by New York Times journalist Jack Nicas. Pierce posted a photo of his Toyota after the fire, with clear burn marks on both sides and a story of how much he had depended on it to return to Paradise twice to help out people who had become stuck.

Nicas is offering more context to Pierce’s heroic story, as you can see in the tweets below. Turns out, Pierce had gotten out safely when he decided to return to see if he could help. He manages the ICU at Adventist Health Feather River Hospital, so he knew his expertise would come in handy.

He became stuck on his way out, with flames licking the sides of the car, melting the headlights and the side mirrors. He was able to get out with help from the firefighters, and then he decided to go back in – this time to reach the hospital he used to work.

There, together with other nurses and doctors, he saw to patients outside in the parking lot, while the fire consumed the hospital, until help arrived and everyone was evacuated.

Pierce’s initial intention was to tell his story and praise Toyota for making such a sturdy truck. The carmaker soon learned all the details of the tale and decided to offer him a brand new truck.

“We are humbled you’d risk your life and Toyota Tundra to drive people to safety. Don’t worry about your truck, we’re honored to get you a new one!” Toyota told Pierce on social media. Pierce is now raising money to rebuild his home.









 
 
 
 
 

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