And Toyota has stepped in to replace the charred truck.
Wildfires are currently spreading through Northern California and the death toll now sits at 44 according to The New York Times. With such a catastrophe, the hard-working people in emergency services are doing their best to save lives and keep people out of harm's way. One such emergency worker, a local nurse named Allyn Pierce, has documented how his white Toyota Tundra (nicknamed "the Pandra") helped him escape the fires and save two others in the process. The Pandra even has its own Instagram account, where we can see what the truck looked like before and after the fire.
Pierce posted on Instagram through his @the_pandra account to retell the story. "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."
After posting this story, commenters poured out praise for Pierce and his bravely. Toyota even responded by saying "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!"
Speaking to The NY Times, Pierce recounted how close he came to death. "I was like, 'I think I'm done,'" said Pierce. "I just kept thinking, 'I'm going to die in melting plastic.'" Pierce even went so far as to record a goodbye message to his family saying "Just in case this doesn't work out, I want you to know I really tried to make it out," while attempting to hold his coat against the window to guard against the heat. He even put on Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" on the radio to calm himself down as he drove through the fire - this is a testament to the Tundra's build quality that the radio still functioned perfectly in such intense heat.
Mr. Pierce is truly a hero and we are stunned by Toyota's amazing response here. There is also a GoFundMe page set up for Pierce, whose house and hospital both burned down in the fires, leaving him without a job or a home. So far, over $15,000 has been raised in just two days and we encourage you to donate to this heroic man.