Michella Flores said she was running from bullets during the Las Vegas shooting, a horrific attack that left 59 dead and more than 500 injured in early October. And this week, she said she was running from the wildfires in California, which have killed at least 40 people and turned entire neighborhoods to ash. But not only did the 51-year-old survive both calamities, she also rose at the opportunity to help others.
After witnessing the deadliest mass shooting in American history at the Route 91 Harvest festival, Flores returned to her home in Santa Rosa only to be greeted by raging fires. Since she was sharing a home with her parents before she made a move to another part of the city, she had told her folks to pack emergency bags in case they needed to evacuate. Thankfully, they were able to leave in time. But Flores chose to stay behind — for an incredibly brave reason.
A former firefighter and paramedic, Flores decided to grab a garden hose and join two firefighters to try to help keep the blaze from spreading to other homes nearby. She worked until 4:30 a.m. before heading out to work at her current jobs as a part-time flight attendant and customer service representative at Kaiser Air. She thought that the house may survive, but unfortunately it was totally destroyed by the blaze.
Thankfully, both she and her parents were able to move into a rental home she was preparing. She said they don’t have a lot, but she’s thankful.
“Right now, I’m in this space where things need to get done,” she said. “And I’ll deal with the rest later on.”
We applaud her bravery in taking the necessary steps to protect her family and keep them safe, as well as doing whatever she could to look after her own community, despite all she’d been through in recent weeks. A GoFundMe page has been set up for donations for the family in their time of need.
Meanwhile, we continue to keep those affected by recent tragedies in our thoughts and hearts.
h/t Epoch Times