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Chico Police honor man who helped evacuate neighbors during Camp Fire

In a Facebook post by the department, they shared just what Mr. Taylor did on November 8.

Posted: Aug 28, 2019 9:11 PM

CHICO, Calif. - In late July, Chico Police posted a photo on Facebook asking the public to help them get in touch with a man who helped save lives during the first day of Camp Fire.

The man was named as Jim Taylor and on Monday, August 26, he was honored by the Chico Police Department during their annual department meeting.

In a post by the department, they shared what Mr. Taylor did the first day of the fire:

A request for Chico Police was made for assistance with the evacuation of the Town of Paradise on the morning of November 8.

Two detectives stopped just below Clark Road on Skyway and began evacuating elderly citizens from their homes but the stand-still traffic made it difficult. The Detectives began commandeering vehicles and getting citizens into pickup trucks to drive off-road past abandoned vehicles heading west.

During this time of evacuation, Magalia resident Jim Taylor volunteered himself and his truck to help with the process of helping his neighbors out of Paradise.

At one point, Detectives were nearly overrun by the approaching flames and were forced to jump into the bed of Mr. Taylor's pickup to be driven down the Skyway to avoid the fire. Mr. Taylor helped load multiple people into his truck, including a wheelchair-bound elderly woman.

The fire began approaching the Detectives, Mr. Taylor and about 15 others with no escape routes passable. This forced them to go back up the Skyway where they took refuge in a parking lot of an evacuated assisted living facility.

With Cal Fire response clearing the Skyway, which allowed for the escape, the group of almost twenty escaped the flames.

"At any time during this event, Mr. Taylor could have used his pickup to escape the approaching fire. Instead, Mr. Taylor assisted with evacuating numerous citizens and helped carry them to safety.

Without the selfless efforts of Mr. Taylor, numerous people would have undoubtedly perished inside their vehicles. Mr. Taylor showed courage and bravery in the face of danger," read the Facebook post.

Above is a shorter version of the post. For the full story posted by the department, CLICK HERE.

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