This past weekend, the mascot transformed into a hero.
Collins completed his routine on a float at the OSU homecoming parade. He changed out of his Pistol Pete outfit and then joined his sister for a meal at a nearby restaurant while the parade continued.
A car crash suddenly occurred at the homecoming parade. Four people were killed and at least 49 were injured.
Collins heard the emergency vehicles. He ran to the parade to help.
"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," Collins said to KFOR.
Collins immediately drove his pickup truck to the crash scene. He removed his Pistol Pete uniform from the back to make room for the injured people.
Thanks to Collins’s heroic actions, Campbell is happily recovering in the hospital.
"Makes me feel good, I appreciate that," Collins said to NBC DFW. "My sister and I, we happened to be in the right place. We were able to help out in a bad situation."
"Maybe he won't remember the tragedy of the scene," his mother Betty Collins said to NBC DFW about the boy that her son saved. "Maybe he'll just remember his new friend Taylor Collins that was Pistol Pete that drove him to the hospital."