The California nurse who lost his beloved Toyota Tundra in the worst wildfires in state history has taken delivery of his brand new pickup.
A few weeks ago, Allyn Pierce’s pickup truck was the latest victim in California’s most destructive wildfire season in recorded history. As the managing nurse of the Adventist Health Feather River Hospital ICU in Paradise California, Pierce was on his way to help coordinate evacuation efforts at the hospital when his way became blocked by burning debris.
Pierce was trapped as the woods around him burned. The fires became so close and so intense that it scorched his truck, melted the plastic coverings of his tail lights, and even warped the metal so badly that it cracked his front fascia.
It got so hot that Pierce honestly believed he was about to die, even going so far as recording a goodbye message for his family. But then a bulldozer came, cleared the road, and he managed to make it to the hospital to continue coordinating the evacuation.
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Afterward, Pierce’s truck was a total write-off, but it was also the only artifact that he could take with him as he and his family fled the wildfire. Their house and almost all their belongings went up in smoke as the Camp Fire claimed another home.
As with so many, Pierce started a GoFundMe that showed the dramatic images taken of his destroyed Toyota Tundra pickup. As of the time of this writing, Pierce has raised $29,342 to help his family get back on their feet--something that will be especially difficult as he’s out of a job while the hospital undergoes repairs.
Toyota also wanted to help Pierce out, but not with cash. They offered to donate a brand new Toyota Tundra in the same color as Pierce’s destroyed pickup. The replacement is a newer year model with some fancy step rails, brand new wheels, and some great technology to keep his family safe.
Pierce took delivery of his truck last Thursday, with a dramatic side-by-side comparison posted on his Instagram. This will definitely help with the relief efforts and the reconstruction of the Adventist Health Feather River Hospital.