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Mother's Day can't come soon enough for this mom

October 23, 2008 | 12:17 pm

Flames and smoke from a wildfire fire burning in the Sepulveda Pass area of Los Angeles near Brentwood lit up the sky this morning.

Danger sometimes brings out the best in people, particularly when they respond to the threat of a disaster by thinking about others rather than themselves.

Consider Flo Bernstein, 87, who lives on Ridge Drive in the Mountaingate neighborhood. She was one of the evacuees ordered out of their homes early this morning as more than 400 firefighters battled a 100-acre fire near the Getty Center.

According to a report on the LATimes.com website, Bernstein was "very worried about the house. ... It looked like the fire was racing up behind my house."

Bernstein said she changed into a lavender sweatsuit and grabbed some shoes and some insurance papers that were sitting on the table.

Then she packed up four boxes of her son's baseball cards, which he had given to her for safekeeping when he was evacuated from his house in Porter Ranch during a fire there last week.

"I grabbed the cards this morning -- that's why I didn't get my glasses," she said.

Someone deserves more than a card come Mother's Day.

-- Greg Johnson

Photo: Flames and smoke from a wildfire fire burning in the Sepulveda Pass near Brentwood light up the sky as traffic moves on the 405 Freeway. Credit: Mike Meadows / Associated Press

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