In the days after the Las Vegas massacre, countless stories of selfless heroism have come to light. One of the most shared stories was about 29-year-old Taylor Winston, a Marine veteran who stole a truck and used it to transport victims to the hospital.
“Jenn and I luckily found a truck with keys in it and started transporting priority victims to the hospital and made a couple trips and tried to help out the best we could until more ambulances could arrive,” Winston told the Daily Beast.
Taylor piled 30 people into the pickup’s backseat and bed over two trips. “I can’t be for certain,” he said about the survival chances of some victims. “There’s a few that I don’t think probably made it. They were pretty limp when we were pulling them out of the truck, but they still had a pulse, so I’m hoping for the best.” He also helped a nurse set up a triage station outside the concert to identify which victims required urgent care.
Exhausted after hours of saving lives, Taylor left the heavily bloodstained truck in the hospital parking lot, but walked off with the keys still in his pocket.
The truck belonged to Phelps Amelsberg, a Las Vegas man who was attending the music festival and accidentally left his keys in his ignition. Authorities helped him locate his truck, but the keys were gone. Phelps posted the following message on Facebook looking for his keys,
Three days after the Las Vegas shooting, Taylor’s name was popping up everywhere from Facebook to televised news. It wasn’t long before Phelps was able to track down Taylor’s contact information and sent him the following message,
Taylor posted the owner’s message on Facebook. Dozens of people replied saying they would have let Taylor take their trucks too.
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