Camp Fire’s Heroes

One man, His Tundra, and a Community of Brave Fighters

 Camp Fire’s Heroes

As manager of Oak Lawn Toyota’s Instagram account, I follow numerous Toyota truck fan accounts. These fan accounts are not for the casual Toyota truck driver, they’re for hardcore enthusiasts who devote their spare time to working on their beloved Toyota truck.

On Saturday, while scrolling through Oak Lawn Toyota’s Instagram feed, I came across a photo of a badly burnt truck. While that should have gotten my immediate attention, I continued scrolling until I noticed it again, and again, and again–a picture “re-grammed” multiple times over.

I decided to share the image of the burnt truck on Facebook along with the brief caption attached to it. It was a sobering image of the real damage done by the Camp Fire (in Butte County Northern California) and a brief look at the human toll a natural disaster can take on our fellow Americans.

Since posting that photo on Saturday, multiple outlets picked up this story and I think it’s important you get to know the person who drives that burnt Tundra. The owner of the truck is Allyn Pierce, an ICU nurse at Adventist Health in Paradise, CA. Last Thursday, while flames were engulfing Paradise and surrounding areas, Nurse Allyn hopped into his Toyota Tundra with hospital patients and evacuated them to safety. Not only did he do this once, but he turned around and did it again. Nurse Pierce’s selflessness saved lives and for that, he’s a hero. Toyota has recognized his bravery and will be giving him a new truck to replace his burnt Tundra.

I’m attaching New York Times reporter Jack Nicas’ tweets below for the entire account of the Paradise Hospital heroes and for the astonishing photos that tell their story. 

Toyota Helps U.S. Army Veteran with Human Support Robot

Toyota Helps U.S. Army Veteran with Human Support Robot

Summary: Romy Camargo was shot in the back of the neck while fighting in Afghanistan in 2008. Instead of asking “why me”, he and his wife, Gaby, opened the nonprofit Stay In Step Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center, a recovery center that provides treatment, rehabilitation and support services to veterans and civilians with spinal-cord injuries. Camargo continues to serve his country, just not in the way he originally planned. He and his family took an unimaginable tragedy and said: how can we help others? Toyota teamed with Camargo to test out their new support robot technology. Continue reading for the full story.

On September 16, 2008, while fighting in Afghanistan, Chief Warrant Officer-3 Romulo Camargo (Romy) and his 7th Special Forces Group were ambushed by Taliban forces spraying bullets and rocket grenades at the American soldiers. Camargo was shot in the back of the neck, causing paralysis from the neck down. The next years would be a challenge for Romy and his loved ones, but a fight the Camargo family was willing to take on. 

Romy and Toyota completed their first in-home trial of Toyota’s Human Support Robot, or HSR at the Camargo family home in Daytona, Florida. The HSR is the first of its kind for personal use. Toyota has committed to bettering the lives of individuals on and off the road with such advancements like “partner robots” which aim to assist people with everyday activities. These significant advancements in applied advanced technologies will help people with limited mobility, including seniors and those who are disabled. 

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