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A Nurse Wrecked His Truck Saving Wildfire Victims, Then Toyota Came To The Rescue

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As the wildfires in California continue to rage, it seems like we hear more bad news every day.

Already, at least 48 people are dead, and tens of thousands of acres have been destroyed.

But for every heartbreaking story to come out of this disaster, there's another uplifting story of heroism or bravery.

Take Allyn Pierce for example.

He is a nurse from Paradise, California who shared a photo of his ruined pickup truck, along with a terrifying description of his escape from the wildfires that leveled his town.

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Allyn Pierce compared his truck to a toasted marshmallow on Instagram.The_Pandra - Instagram

New York Times reporter Jack Nicas got the story from Pierce, and shared it on Twitter.

The nurse's ordeal began on Thursday, when Allyn helped lead the evacuation of patients from Paradise's hospital.

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

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Pierce shared this photo of his view from inside his truck as the fire crept toward it.Jack Nicas - Twitter

Allyn pressed his coat to the window, trying to block out the heat, and even played the Peter Gabriel song "In Your Eyes" to calm himself down.

As the fire reached his truck, Allyn even recorded a final message for his family.

"Just in case this doesn't work out, I want you to know I really tried to make it out," he said.

But in the nick of time, a bulldozer cleared a path for Allyn. Amazingly, he took the opportunity to drive back toward Paradise and the fire, hoping to rescue more people.

When Pierce and his coworkers arrived back at the hospital, they found injured people waiting to be treated.

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

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Pierce's truck was totaled by fire damage.Jack Nicas - Twitter

They broke into the hospital, retrieving medical supplies for the evacuees. And when the hospital caught fire, Pierce helped move them to the building's helipad, where they were eventually rescued.

"This is what we do," Pierce said about his heroism, which he insisted was part of a team effort.

"Any nurse, any healthcare worker, any cop, they were there and they all did their jobs."

And Pierce himself paid tribute to his truck, a Toyota Tundra which he nicknamed "the Pandra," for saving lives that fateful day.

"This truck literally saved my life today," he wrote. "My little Paradise was literally burning down around me and @the pandra got me to safety where I could help others… twice."

Days after Pierce shared his story online, Toyota reached out to him with a huge surprise.

"We are humbled you’d risk your life and Toyota Tundra to drive people to safety," the company wrote on Instagram. "Don’t worry about your truck, we’re honored to get you a new one!"

But Pierce still has other concerns, especially since both his home was destroyed and his workplace was damaged in the fire.

I struggled posting this, but with my house gone and my hospital... I don't know where my job sits. I'm gonna swallow my...

Posted by Allyn Pierce on Sunday, November 11, 2018

"I'm gonna swallow my pride and post this GoFundMe that a kind person in Chico set up for us," he shared on Facebook.

"We will be fine, it will all work out, because [it] has to."

You can support the GoFundMe fundraiser for Allyn Pierce by clicking this link.

[H/T: BoredPanda, People]

Thank you to Pierce and his coworkers for the incredible work they did! And thank you to all of California's emergency workers!

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