Whenever a natural disaster strikes, our hearts always go out to the people affected. Then, of course, there’s all the properties and destroyed and valuables lost… but disasters don’t just impact people and things, there are also animals, oftentimes helpless in the face of such destruction, to consider.
We’ve told you before about some incredible heroes who have braved such disasters in order to save animals who would otherwise become victims. But perhaps no one is as praise-worthy as Peter Lang.
77-year-old Peter Lang works for the Safari West Park and animal reserve in Santa Rosa, California. As you probably have heard, California has been plagued with wildfires this month, and unfortunately, staff at Safari West Park recently realized a fire was headed their way!
All employees were given the order to evacuate, and everyone did– except Peter.
Peter simply could not leave the animals alone with no way of escape as the smoke rolled in and the flames encircled the reserve. So Peter stayed, alone, and fought off the flames with nothing but a regular garden hose.
I think professional tennis player, Arthur Ashe, describes Peter’s heroism best: “True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”
Although Peter lost his home to the devastating fire, thanks to him, not a single animal was harmed that day. Watch the video below to hear more of Peter’s heroism, and share!