Taylor Winston’s Marine Corps training came in handy when gunfire rained down on a country musical festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1. The former Marine did what he had to do to help save lives that night—which happened to involve stealing a truck.
Taking a vehicle that happened to have the keys in it allowed Winston to help get over 30 injured people to the hospital much faster than the first responders. But not to worry — the 29-year-old returned the truck to its rightful owner as soon as he was finished saving lives.
Now, to thank Taylor Winston for his efforts, a car dealership called B5 Motors gifted him with a brand-new truck of his own. The dealership greatly respected his ability to think clearly and help others in an emergency.
“Most of us would have ran and never came back,” Shane Beus, owner of B5 Motors of Arizona told CNN. “His military training allowed him to think in a split second what to do.”
They were first able to make contact with Winston after putting out a plea on social media using the hashtag “#HelpB5MotorsFindTaylorWinston.”
B5 Motors would like to give #vegashero Taylor Winston a free truck. Please help us find him. #HelpB5MotorsfindTaylorWinston pic.twitter.com/2dJICGLvyI
— B5 Motors (@B5Motors) October 4, 2017
After only a few hours, the dealership had made contact with him. And just days later, the dealership posted a video of Winston receiving his brand new Ford F-150.
After receiving the keys, he admitted, “I don’t even know how to accept a gift of this caliber,” but he’s hoping to use it to give back in any way that he can.
“Helping out at a lot of country festivals and making dance floors—if anyone knows me, that’s kind of what I do, and this is going to help a lot,” he said.
Now that Winston has been given a truck, he plans to sell his previous vehicle and donate the proceeds to continue to help victims from the Las Vegas shooting. He seems truly humbled by the gift, but admits that it’s hard to think of himself as a hero.
“There’s so many others that haven been given as much credit as I [have],” he says in the Facebook video. “It’s hard to accept ‘hero’ when there’s just everyone doing what they should do. It’s great to see so many people step up.”
And many people do consider him a hero.
And folks were delighted to hear that he’d been rewarded for his bravery.
“So awesome! Love when good things happen to good people,” one person wrote on Twitter.