(Meredith) — A nurse in California risked his life and destroyed his truck while trying to rescue others in the path of the Camp Fire. Now, Toyota says they're honored to replace the truck.
Allyn Pierce found himself trapped in his truck on the highway near Paradise, California as the Camp Fire burned around him. As the flames closed in, he was recording a goodbye video to his family in fear that he was going to die, the New York Times reports.
As he was recording his farewell, a bulldozer came at just the right moment and cleared abandoned cars out of Pierce's way, freeing some room to maneuver.
But instead of going forward to escape the fire, Pierce turned around and returned to a hospital in Paradise where he manages the ICU.
According to The New York Times, Pierce and others grabbed medical supplies from the hospital and treated more than a dozen patients in the parking lot before the hospital caught fire. The patients were moved farther from the hospital and kept safe until authorities were able to clear a path. Everyone made it out safely.
As for Pierce's custom Toyota Tundra, which he calls 'the pandra' on Instagram, it was badly burnt. Pierce posted photos showing extensive burn damage, with several exterior pieces nearly melted off.
Here's my @toyotausa commercial. This truck literally saved my life today. My little town of Paradise was literally burning down around me and @the_pandra got me to safety where I could help others...twice. #campfire #perfectmarshmellow #meltedplastics #buttecountyfire #sema2019 thanks to the fire fighters, law enforcement and my fellow healthcare workers for the work we all did getting the hospital evacuated and our patients to safety. 🤘🏼😔
Toyota responded on Instagram and Facebook offering Pierce a replacement.
"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!"
Pierce's home and the hospital where he worked have also been destroyed by the Camp Fire. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help him and his family. You can visit it here.