Story Of Nurse’s Brave Actions To Help Those Injured In The California Wildfires Is Truly Inspiring

The retirement community of Paradise, California, in the Sierra Nevada foothills, has been obliterated in what is being called the deadliest fire in California’s history. But the tragedy is not without its share of heroism—stories the likes of which can restore one’s faith in humanity.

Such is the case for one nurse, Allyn Pierce, who turned his flame-engulfed truck away from safety to set up a makeshift hospital, along with other medical professionals and police, to help folks who were injured in Camp Fire.

New York Times reporter Jack Nicas told the tale of bravery through a series of tweets:

According to The New York Times, Camp Fire has already claimed the lives of at least 44 people, as well as displacing hundreds of thousands. 

The fire’s magnitude has been compounded by climate change, with California’s last five years being its warmest, according to The Washington Post.

According to the Post, the fire was first reported Thursday, November 8, around 6:33 a.m. along Feather River, 150 miles north of Sacramento. At 8 a.m. it jumped the river to Paradise, a community of 26,000 people. 

Toyota said they were “humbled” by the risk Pierce took—as captured so well in the photo of his fire-ravaged Tundra—and offered him a new truck: 

As of Tuesday morning, November 13, the fire is only 30% contained and there are more than 200 people missing.

Nicas concluded by saying Pierce’s bravery isn’t the only incredible story from Camp Fire and linking to an article on how people can help:

Commenters on Twitter were moved by the story:

And many held Pierce up as a hero, even though he said he was only doing his job:

Along with so many others in Paradise, California, Allyn Pierce has lost his home and place of work to the fire. If you’d like to help him and his family, check out the GoFundMe on his Instagram.

H/T: Twitter, The Washington PostThe New York Times