California couple Tracy Grant and her boyfriend Josh Fox have ‘adopted’ a 93-year-old World War II veteran who lost his home and other belongings in Paradise after a deadly wildfire swept through.
Grant said she was handing out hamburgers to evacuees of the wildfire at the Forebay Aquatic Center, which is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Paradise, when she encountered 93-year-old Lee Brundige in his car.
She offered the hamburger to him as well. However, he refused it urging her to give it to someone who really needed it.
Later, she tried to get the World War veteran to a shelter, but denying he, the old man stated that he was fine sleeping in his car.
Refusing to give up on the old man, the next day, Tracy visited him again the next day. During that time, she noticed that the sheriff's office told people to clear out of the parking lot due to worsening air. At that point of time, she convinced him to come home with her.
"He looked at me and kind of grunted, 'No I don't want to take advantage of anyone, you're too kind.' Replying to his comments, I said, 'This is my car. You're going to follow that bumper until we stop," she told reporters.
Grant and her boyfriend spent some time with the World War II vet, and just a few days later, they decided to take him in.
Now, Brundige has been living with Grant, her boyfriend Josh Fox, and their dogs in the same house. Interestingly, one of the Grant’s dogs keeps Brundige company in a recliner at the couple's home. They also stated he is welcome to stay as long as he wants.
"These people are angels to me. They bought me clothes and everything. I don't know how I'm going to thank them, but I'm going to try,” Lee Brundige said while speaking to the local media.