Allyn Pierce is just the kind of hero America has been looking for. It’s a shame that it took the California wildfire to shine a light on and the hundreds of others being created daily in the horrific disaster that’s still unfolding.
The New York Times carried his story this week.
He was trapped while trying to escape Paradise, Calif. He thought he was done for, like the dozens — maybe hundreds — who’ve died in the fire.
“I was like, ‘I think I’m done,’” said Mr. Pierce, a registered nurse, told the Times. “I just kept thinking, ‘I’m going to die in melting plastic.’”
He recorded a goodbye message to his family, and put on Peter Gabriel’s song “In Your Eyes” to calm himself down.
Then another hero — this one still unidentified — came along with a bulldozer to blaze a trail through the flames. Pierce didn’t take the option of leaving. Instead, he went to the hospital where he manages the intensive care unit. He and his colleagues treated patients until the hospital caught fire. Then they moved patients and equipment to safety.
The truck? Forget about it.
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Here's my @toyotausa commercial. This truck literally saved my life today. My little town of Paradise was literally burning down around me and @the_pandra got me to safety where I could help others…twice. #campfire #perfectmarshmellow #meltedplastics #buttecountyfire #sema2019 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. 🤘🏼😔
Toyota has announced it’ll give him a new truck.
Like everyone else in his community; he’s going to need a new home, too. His burned to the ground.
(h/t: Paul Tosto)