Iraq war veteran Taylor Winston did not set out to be a hero that day. But when tragedy struck the country concert he was attending, he rose to the occasion and became one.
Like everyone else at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas, Winston was stunned when the bullets started flying and people in the crowd started going down. It wasn’t his first time hearing rapid rifle fire. Due to his military training and his time in Iraq, he immediately went into action instead of freezing up like a deer in the headlights.
He saw dozens of people who desperately needed medical attention, and several trucks parked around the grounds. Winston knew that utility trucks parked at large events were sometimes left with the keys in the ignition. This allowed various event personnel to use the vehicle without tracking down the keys each time.
He searched until he found one, and sure enough he was able to start the engine. He loaded the truck with as many wounded shooting victims as he could fit and drove them to the nearest emergency room. After dropping them off, he returned for more. All total he carried 20 to 30 victims to the hospital that night. Some of them would surely have died had it not been for his heroism.
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