I’m Thankful For These Nine Heroes Braving California’s Devastating Fires

Several massive fires continue to rage at both ends of California, destroying more than 14,000 structures and scorching nearly 250,000 acres of ground. At least 77 people have died and another 993 people are missing as a result of the Camp Fire, which has devastated northern California, and consumed the town of Paradise, California. Three people have died in the Woolsey Fire, which is still burning in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties and has damaged a number of celebrities’ homes, CBS News reports.

Amidst the devastation and tragedy, heroes have emerged. Here are nine people whose bravery I’m thankful for.

1. This School Bus Driver Who Helped 22 Kids Escape The Deadly Flames

Kevin McKay, a 41-year-old bus driver, drove 22 students who had been left stranded at Ponderosa Elementary School in Paradise, California to safety on November 8. During the five-hour ride along dark and windy roads, the bus began to fill with smoke. McKay took off his shirt and, with the help of two other teachers, tore it into small pieces and doused it with water to wrap around the students’ mouths.

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