Cummings broke company rules and loaded Newsum, who had no family in the area, into the big, green garbage truck. They were together in it about five hours as other people evacuated the area.
Cummings learned that Newsum overcame cancer three times. She was hit by a semitruck after hang gliding when she was 70. Her whose husband was in the Marine Corps, witnessed the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Most incredibly, Newsum said she also spent time as a backup singer to Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin
"I wish I'd known her when she was younger. I would've married her, you know what I mean? It was the best conversation I've had in a truck ever," Cummings told KCCI.
She returned later, the Camp Fire, which has become the most destructive in California history, had not reached her home.