As the number of deaths in California’s deadliest wildfire in history continues to climb, stories of heroes — firefighters, first responders and everyday people alike — have begun to emerge.
One such story is that of Allyn Pierce, a nurse who oversees the Intensive Care Unit at a hospital in Paradise, California. Pierce and his colleagues reportedly worked to bring many of his patients to safety, with Pierce even going so far as to drive through the fire — twice — in order to ensure the safety of others.
At one point, Pierce’s own life was even threatened after he became gridlocked in unmoving traffic, the fires continuing to rage around him. After recording a message to his family, however, Pierce was suddenly given an opportunity to escape when a bulldozer cleared the way for cars to move.
On Twitter, Jack Nicas posted photos of Pierce’s truck, a Toyota Tundra, after it emerged from the fire, and it’s pretty unbelievable.
Pierce also shared photos on Instagram, saying the vehicle saved his life — and Toyota took notice.
The automaker said on Twitter yesterday that it is offering Pierce a new Tundra in response to his heroic efforts. Many people tweeted to Toyota to make the suggestion, including @AlanEurotrash, who wrote, “Imma leave this right here.”
Toyota‘s response? “Hi Alan, good news — we are honored he risked his life and Tundra to save others, so we’re giving him a new truck.”
Hi Alan, good news – we are honored he risked his life and Tundra to save others, so we're giving him a new truck.
— Toyota USA (@Toyota) November 13, 2018
How awesome is that?
Toyota also commented on Pierce’s Facebook post about the truck, writing, “Hi Allyn, 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!”
Like many California residents, Pierce is also now without a home and job. A GoFundMe campaign has been designated to collect donations and help him get back on his feet.