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 Tundra TRD Sport

The New 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport

Haul more than just stuff.

There’s a new king of the streets: the 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport. This truck brings the attitude with exclusive exterior features like LED headlights with smoked housings, a powerful hood scoop and a black mesh grille. The 20-in. alloy wheels with black-accent finish keep it all looking stylish, too. Underneath it all is a sport-tuned suspension featuring upgraded sway bars and Bilstein® dampers—all tuned by the gurus at TRD. Best of all, every 2018 Tundra comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P), 12 an advanced suite of technologies designed to give you the ultimate in on-road peace of mind.

Mark Buehrle Day at Gauranteed Rate Field

Mark Buehrle Day

On June 24, 2017, the Chicago White Sox retired Mark Buehrle’s #56 jersey. We had the distinct honor to witness that ceremony and revel at one of the best pitchers in recent memory.

During the ceremony, the Chicago White Sox presented Buehrle with a Toyota Tundra, and emblazoned across the back: 27 Up. 27 Down. This, of course, in reference to Buehrle’s perfect game in 2009.

Congratulations, Mark Buehrle! Thank you for the memories.