Marine Saves 30 Las Vegas Victims Using Stolen Truck

During the gruesome shooting incident in Last Vegas last October 1, stories about victims and heroes plagued the internet. One of the most well-known tales is that of Taylor Winston, a 29-year-old ex–US Marine who stole a truck to take about 30 injured people to the hospital.

Taylor was a concertgoer during the Route 91 music festival. Taylor was with Jenn Lewis, his girlfriend, when the shooting incident happened. Instead of running to safety, his military instincts guided him to help more than a dozen victims.

Thumbnail Photo: Facebook / Taylor Winston // Facebook / Phelps Amelsberg

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Facebook / Taylor Winston

 

Facebook / Taylor Winston

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Thanks to his training, he was able to open one of the vacant white trucks which he loaded with the victims. He made several trips to take as much people as he could to the nearest hospital. He did not manage to get the names or monitor the progress of those he helped. But he did manage to return the truck he stole.

Facebook / Phelps Amelsberg

 

Facebook / Phelps Amelsberg

 

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Phelps Amelsberg, the truck owner, was in Vegas during the incident. Fortunately, he left the keys of the truck plugged in. Phelps posted on Facebook a message to the man who stole his truck. Thanks to Facebook users who pieced out the story, Phelps and Taylor were able to connect with each other.

Facebook / Phelps Amelsberg

Facebook / Phelps Amelsberg

 

Facebook / Phelps Amelsberg

Phelps posted their exchange of messages, and surely enough, his post captured the attention of thousands of Facebook users. Through the messages, Phelps learned how his truck played a huge role in saving many lives.

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One of the victims, Lauren Farina, connected with Phelps and thanked him for the truck. She also thanked Taylor for saving her. Many people volunteered to remove the bloodstains and fix the damages to the backseat free of charge.

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