Hero California nurse gets new truck after vehicle damaged in Camp Fire

Hero who saved people from fire gifted new Toyota truck

Hero who saved people from fire gifted new Toyota truck

As of Tuesday morning, November 13th, the fire is only 30 percent contained and there are over 200 people missing.

But for every heartbreaking story to come out of this disaster, there's another uplifting story of heroism or bravery. For nurse Allyn Pierce, head of an intensive care unit in Paradise, California, that means shuttling his patience to safety from the hospital in his own Toyota Tundra pick-up, practically torching it in the process.

"Allyn held his coat against the window - a futile guard from the intense heat - and put on Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" to calm himself", reporter Jack Nicas wrote on Twitter.

He was driving two coworkers home afterwards, when they became stuck in traffic and surrounded by fire.

Pierce apparently held his jacket against the window to create a makeshift guard from the heat, and put on "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel to calm himself down as the flames pounded against the vehicle. He recorded a goodbye message to his family: "Just in case this doesn't work out, I want you to know I really tried to make it out".

But in the nick of time, a bulldozer cleared a path for Allyn.

The wildfire in Northern California is now the deadliest in the state's history.

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The road out of the fire led him back to his hospital where some Paradise residents had gone seeking help.

"Now all of us are like, 'Oh, this is what we do, '" Pierce said. "We're bad at burning to death, but we're fantastic at taking care of people".

They broke into the hospital, retrieving medical supplies for the evacuees.

'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'.

Pierce and the team of doctors, paramedics and police helped the patients.

Toyota USA responded to the post saying, "Don't worry about your truck".

"This truck literally saved my life today", Pierce later posted on Instagram, alongside a picture of his burnt truck. "My little Paradise was literally burning down around me and @the pandra got me to safety where I could help others... twice". "We are especially thankful to one hero in particular, Allyn Pierce, for risking his life and sacrificing his Toyota Tundra to drive people to safety". He posted an update on Sunday night to share a GoFundMe page someone set up for him, writing that he'd lost his house and "I don't know where my job sits" since the hospital was affected by the fire.

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