As you all know, the campfire in Butte County, California, is continuing to devastate the northern part of the state. It has burnt down many houses, caused millions of dollars worth of destruction and taken the lives of many.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection released a statement on Wednesday the 14th of November saying that the campfire is both the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state’s history.

 However, as we have shown many times on our page, when great tragedies happen, we hear about true stories of love, kindness, and heroism. In times of heartache, we find humans pulling together to help others in need.

 Today we’d like to share the story of a Californian garbageman who defied his supervisor’s wishes and continued to do his route to look out for any elderly or vulnerable people.

Dane Ray Cummings was driving his normal Thursday route on the 8th of November. His supervisor told him that he should not continue to work as the fires were starting to spread.

But Dane told his supervisor that he needed to go and check on the elderly residents on his route. But he didn’t know if there would be anybody left who may need retrieving.

Dane Ray Cummings continued his normal route to make sure the elderly residents had either left or were leaving.

Garbageman saves an old lady from the California wildfire

 Dane checked up on 45 to 50 people before pulling up to Ms. Margaret Newsum’s home. Margaret Newsum is 93-years-old and her Thursday morning was like any other. She woke up, made her oatmeal and turned on the television to watch the news. 

She had heard about the quickly approaching fire and she started to become quite anxious about how she would manage to get to safety.

Margaret stood outside on her front porch in the hopes that a good Samaritan would arrive and have space in their vehicle for her. As if her prayers had been answered, moments later, Dane’s truck pulled up to Margaret’s house.

Cummings soon found out that Ms. Newsum had no nearby family or any way of evacuating her home. At that moment, Dane abandoned company protocol and he lifted her into his garbage truck and drove her down the hill to safety.

Over the next five hours, the two got to know each other a little more while they joined the hoard of other people fleeing their homes.

Margaret told Dane about how she managed to beat cancer three different times, how she flew into an 18-wheeler while hang-gliding when she was 70, and about the times she sang backup for Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr.


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