TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA/CNN) – A brave nurse who drove through the California wildfires to save his patients is being rewarded for his efforts.
KRCR reports Allyn Pierce used a Toyota Tundra to evacuate patients and staff from a hospital where he works as a nurse.
He was driving out of Paradise when a bulldozer pushed a flaming truck right next to him, he recalled.
“I was just sitting in my car, and thought it was like, you know, we’re getting close to the end here. Recorded my video for my friends and family, and put my phone away. And then a bulldozer came out of nowhere and knocked this flaming truck right next to me.”
The bulldozer ended up giving Pierce an opening in the road. He was able to drive back to the hospital and was eventually escorted out of town. His truck was burned to a crisp but is still able to run.
Once Toyota’s reps heard of Pierce’s troubles, they gave him a brand new truck and offered to take the old Tundra to display in one of their showrooms.