Man behind the mascot: ‘Pistol Pete’ credited with taking injured to hospital following homecoming crash
STILLWATER, Okla. – Taylor Collins is someone who is synonymous with Oklahoma State University, especially during football season.
However, very few fans would actually recognize him.
Collins is the man behind OSU’s mascot, Pistol Pete.
Like many others on Saturday, Collins was preparing for a big game after his role in the homecoming parade.
He had no idea events would take a tragic turn.
Collins says he was out to breakfast with his sister when he saw emergency crews speeding to an area just 200 yards away from the restaurant.
He says he followed them and soon became an emergency vehicle himself.
“People were rushing around; a man came over to me and waved me down and said, ‘We need a pickup truck to do transportation.’ So my sister and I, we drove onto the scene. And that’s where they put a little boy and his father in the backseat of my truck,” he said.
To make more room, Collins even handed off his Pistol Pete gear to a cheerleader so other patients could ride with him to the hospital.
One of those patients was 12-year-old Alleyn Campbell, who suffered a broken leg in the crash.
“My sister and I, we were at the right place and we were able to help out with a bad situation. At that scene, there were so many people, even people in the crowd, helping out,” Collins said.
Collins says that there wasn’t any time to talk at the time, but he was able to get in touch with Campbell and his family afterward, meeting them in the hospital.