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Restaurant Owner Refuses Evacuation Order So He Can Serve First Responders

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The wildfires spreading through California are continuing to displace, destroy, and devastate the people, homes, and business located in their proximity. As time goes on, firefighters continue doing everything they can to put an end to this disaster, and finally get control of the flames, but it's a slow process.

People have been issued evacuation orders across the affected areas, but it's not always easy to leave behind all of your belongings.

One man named Marco Gonzalez was told to evacuate and leave behind his restaurant in Agoura Hills, Los Angeles, but he flat out refused.

He watched the authorities send away everyone else, but when it came time for him to leave, he wanted to stay, but it was his reason that convinced the first responders to allow him to do so.

"I told my people, I told them I wanted to open just to be here for police, firefighters and first responders," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez owns a restaurant called Tavern 101 Grill and Tap House, and he decided that even though the neighborhood was threatened with a devastating fire, he was going to stay and cook whatever he could to make sure the firefighters and first responders got to eat.

"We weren't able to get any deliveries into the restaurant, so I'll go out and buy whatever I can."

Gonzalez explained that this wasn't some long, drawn-out decision."I just thought they needed to eat," he said. "[Firefighters] go for days without having a warm meal."

"What they're doing is putting themselves in harm's way and we have to do whatever we can to help."

Gonzalez wasn't expecting payment from the firefighters, but his sister-in-law created a Venmo account as a way for people to send money to support the work he was doing, and it's already received over $45,000.

It's nice to know that there is someone like Gonzalez looking out for all those brave men and women risking their lives to help stop these fires as quickly as possible.

Source - The Hill / CNN

Our thoughts are with all of those affected by the wildfires.

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