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Neighbour saves woman’s race medals during L.A. wildfires evacuation

"If your house is burning down, what do I grab?"

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In the event of an evacuation, a California woman told her neighbour that her race medal collection was a priority.

In the Bel-Air neighbourhood of Los Angeles, as the Skirball fire burned as part of the southern California wildfires, one local, Jackson Rogow, was informed via an emergency alert on his phone that his apartment fell within an evacuation zone.

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According to the Los Angeles Times, Rogow recalled a conversation he had with one of his neighbours, a woman who was out of the state undergoing cancer treatment. During the discussion, when Rogow asked, “If your house is burning down, what do I grab?” she answered “my medals.”

The L.A. Times reports that the woman had more than three dozen race medals, often awarded upon completion of races, including ones from marathons, half-marathons and 5Ks. Rogow says he smashed through the side window of the runner’s home and grabbed the race medals before police taped off the street.

Prior to grabbing the race medals, Rogow and his girlfriend evacuated their eight-floor apartment building unit with their cat, kitty litter and a stack of family photographs.

Google has a detailed map of the current wildfires situation. According to the New York Times, nearly 200,000 people, as of Dec. 7, have been evacuated from their homes in the Los Angeles and Ventura, Calif. area.