Once a Marine, always a Marine. Once a hero, always a hero. As the Las Vegas mass shooter began to spray the night with deadly bullets as fast as one or more modified semi-automatic guns could fire, Taylor Winston, 29, drew upon his experience and risked his life to save countless others.
Winston immediately assessed the situation and noticed a truck someone had left with the keys in the ignition. What he did during the Las Vegas mass shooting, with bullets whizzing all around him showed just what kind of hero he is.
Kelly started it up and transformed it into a rescue vehicle, going back and forth to carry loads of wounded people to the hospital — not once, but twice.
Afterward, Kelly did not know what to do with the truck. Fortunately, the owner contacted him three days later with this text, as he shared on CBS This Morning:
‘Hey Taylor told you might have the keys to my truck?? All I won’t [sic] is the key. Other then that it’s all water under the bridge to me and hows the people you hauled doing?’
The hero responded, saying he had taken “about 30 critically injured to the hospital”:
‘I have em for ya. When do you want to meet for em? We’re at the Monte Carlo. I took about 30 critically injured to the hospital. Your truck was extremely important saving those peoples lives.’
Then, Kelly added poignantly:
‘I don’t know if they all made it.’
Another Marine saved the life of a woman he barely knew. Brendan Kelly served in the Marines from 2006 to 2011. Renee Cesario met Kelly just two hours prior to the time the gunman began rapid-firing into the crowd of 20,000 people attending the outdoor concert. According to UNILAD, she commented:
‘Brendan and I met only two hours before the Jason Aldean show. I left my friends so we could go up super close to the front for the end of the night. We were just dancing and having fun and then all of the sudden there were loud noises that sounded like fireworks, but no lights were going off.’
Cesario noticed that Jason Aldean was still playing, but when the shots started up again, he ran off the stage. Then it happened, UNILAD reported:
‘Before I knew what was going on, Brendan tackled me down to the ground and covered me from the fire. It stopped again and he looked around to see what was happening and then it just kept going.’
Kelly looked at her and pulled her away from the falling bodies:
‘We have to get out of here. We can’t stay here. It’s not safe.’
They ran for their lives.
Check out this video about this wonderful veteran via CBS This Morning:
Featured Image via CBS This Morning Screen Grab.