Butte County, CA.
A humble garbage man refused to evacuate the path of a wild fire until he checked up on all his elderly customers and a 93-year-old woman is so glad he did.
Dane Ray Cummings has driven the same the same trash route for 8 years so he knew where all the elderly people lived. As news reports warned as the fire was closing in on Magalia last week, his boss warned him to stop working and get out of town. But, Cummings put his own safety on hold so he could check on the seniors who may need help.
Margret Newsom was eating breakfast when she heard about the approaching fire. Recovering from a broken back and no family members near by to help, she stepped out on her porch hoping someone would see her. That's when Cummings pulled up in his big green monster to make sure everyone was getting out. With the help of some neighbors, they boosted the senior carefully into the truck and the two of them set out on a five hour drive to safety.
By the end of it the forged a new brand new friendship. Cummings heard the amazing life story of the sweet old lady who makes cookies on his route. She had watched the attack on pearl harbor, went hang gliding in her 70's and she was a back up singer for Frank Sinatra in The Rat Pack, who she said "were wonderful, wonderful men."
"I wish I would've know her when she was younger, " said Cummings, "I would've married her."
Though these fires are terrible, isn't great to hear about average people suddenly turn into heroes?