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Estacada sixth grader creates video for firefighters and evacuees as the Riverside Fire burns near her hometown

COURTESY PHOTO - Piper Coy is all smiles with her horse, Pepper. The Estacada sixth grader created a video for firefighters and evacuees of the Riverside Fire.

Piper Coy's parents say she was born singing, and she's continued this passion as wildfires surround her hometown.

Coy, a lifelong Estacada resident and sixth grader at Summit Learning Charter, created a YouTube video of herself singing "Rescue" by Lauren Daigle and dedicated it to the crews fighting the Riverside Fire, along with all of those who have lost their homes or have been displaced by the flames.

"We were evacuated, too, so I know how scary it is," Coy said. "I was thinking of songs to sing because of everything going on. I really like the song 'Rescue.' I love Lauren Daigle. She's one of my inspirations."

Coy uploaded the video Monday, Sept. 13, and several days later, it reached 7,000 views.

She was surprised at how quickly it took off.

"I want to thank everyone who's watched. I'm surprised how much they like it," she said, adding that she started her YouTube channel about eight months ago. "Before, I didn't really have anyone who saw my videos."

Coy's cousin Tyson Settle is a firefighter, and she is grateful for the work that he and all of the other crews are doing.

"They're saving us," she said.

Coy plans on singing for the rest of her life.

"It's one of my favorite things to do," she said. "When I'm able to sing and people like it, it makes me happy."

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