Shane Beus, left, owner of B5 Motors in Gilbert, presents the keys to a truck to Taylor Winston
Shane Beus, left, owner of B5 Motors in Gilbert, presents the keys to a truck to Taylor Winston

For seizing a truck and using it to drive critically injured victims to the hospital after the Las Vegas shooting, Taylor Winston has been handed a truck gift and hailed as a hero by Shane Beus, owner of B5 Motors.

The 29-year-old Winston who reside in San Diego said there were plenty of people who helped out that night.

“I’ve been given a lot more credit than I deserve,” said the soft-spoken U.S. Marine Corps veteran, who was in Arizona Monday to accept the offer of a free truck from B5 Motors in Gilbert.

Winston said he only accepted the 2013 Ford F-150 because the gift will allow him to sell his current vehicle and donate the proceeds to Las Vegas shooting victims.

“It’s been really hard to even get myself to come out here and accept a gift of this caliber,” he said. “But I can turn around and do a lot of good with it, so I’m happy to be here.”

Shane Beus, owner of B5 Motors, said he was so taken when he read about Winston’s actions that he reached out to offer him a truck. Beus said he doesn’t care if Winston keeps the truck, gives the vehicle away or sells it. He just wanted to express his appreciation.

“It’s very, very courageous what he did,” Beus said.

Winston was at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas on the night of Oct. 1 when the gunman opened fire on the audience from a 32nd-floor window in the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, killing 58 and injuring nearly 500 in what became the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.

Read more: USA TODAY

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