During an active shooter situation all bets are off. As one Marine Veteran showed us when amid gunfire he rushed to a field of trucks and “borrowed” one to get as many people as he possibly could to the hospital. Now in most situations that would probably be considered theft and Taylor Winston would find himself in some serious trouble. Not so much in this case however.
The dealership that he got the truck from has been on the hunt for Winston, but not to have him charged. Instead they want to show him that they appreciate his act of bravery and disregard to his own freedom while saving lives. They will be gifting him with a brand-new F-150 for his acts of heroism, and it is a gift well worth giving to this man.
Judging by the unselfish and quick thinking of Winston he never would have thought about a reward for doing what was right regardless of the consequences to himself, but that is exactly what he will receive. The B5 Motors dealership was successful in finding the Marine Veteran and his gift will be received soon.
According to Independent Journal Review :
After a shooter opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas, many were quick to rush to the scene to help victims. One man’s story went viral as he stole a truck to rush victims to the hospital. The man’s name is Taylor Winston, and he is a Marine Corps veteran who is being recognized as a hero for saving lives and thinking on his feet as tragedy struck.
Winston explained the situation:
“I saw a field with a bunch of white trucks. I tested my luck to see if any of them had keys in it, first one we tried opening had keys sitting right there. I started looking for people to take to the hospital. There was just too many and it was overwhelming how much blood was everywhere.”
After Winston’s story became known, B5 Motors in Gilbert, Arizona, posted on Facebook asking how to track him down:
At B5Motors we have been overwhelmed with the heartbreaking stories coming out of Vegas. Yesterday, we read of a Vet, Taylor Winston, and the harrowing way he rescued dozens of Vegas victims. According to reports, he stole a truck to quickly transport the injured to the hospital. We would like to find Taylor and thank him for his bravery by providing him a free truck from B5Motors.
Please share and tag anyone that may know him.
The dealership has reportedly gotten in contact with Winston, and he will be picking up a new silver Ford F-150 on Monday.
People can become the most amazing beings in situations of high fear, intensity, and loss of others’ lives. It never ceases to amaze me to see the transformation of human beings when tragedy strikes. I would prefer, just like anyone, that tragedy was never visited upon any of us, but when it is the ability to rise to the occasion that is astonishing. Most wouldn’t have thought to confiscate a truck from a lot to be used as an ambulance, but for Winston that was the first thought he had.
Whether it was his prior training or pure instinct doesn’t matter much; he appears to be the type who would have done it regardless of past training in the military. Many other heroes were created out of the ashes of the Las Vegas shooting and it has filled many hollow feelings nationwide for humanity.
We all too often of late see the bad and dark side of people, and it has begun to be a drag on the collective heart of our country. Sadly, these heroes shouldn’t have discovered their ability to act quickly during such a horrid situation, but they did, and many are grateful that they did. So many more could have been lost had these amazing men and women not been at that concert. For that we are truly grateful to them for their actions.
I know the survivors are surely grateful and would love to have the ability to thank those who saved them all that night.
H/T [ Independent Journal Review ]