Sunday’s tragedy not only highlighted the evil man is capable of but also the heroism under duress that man (and woman) is capable of as well. These heroes come from all walks of life and backgrounds.
Here are a few of them.
A 20-year-old intern to U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has received a standing ovation at the Arizona Capitol for helping the congresswoman after a deadly shooting.
Daniel Hernandez started working with Giffords just five days before the attack Saturday in Tucson. He’s a political science major and a junior at the University of Arizona.
Hernandez rushed to help the congresswoman and tried to stop the blood loss with his hands and some frocks provided by butchers.
He went with Giffords in an ambulance to the hospital, where she is in critical condition but expected to survive.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer asked lawmakers to recognize Hernandez, who was in the chamber.
In the aftermath of Saturday’s tragedy, a retired colonel and an older woman were being hailed as heroes for overpowering the gunman. So was Joe Zamudio, who was buying cigarettes nearby and raced toward the hail of bullets, his own weapon at the ready, eventually pinning Loughner to the ground until police arrived.
Pima Co. Sheriff Clarence Dupnik says Patricia Maisch (MAYSH) was waiting in line with her husband to get a photo with Giffords. When the shooting started, she ran up to the suspect and grabbed the empty magazine, then grabbed a full magazine as he was loading it into the gun.
Badger is 74-year-old retired Army colonel who was grazed in the head by a bullet when he tackled Jared Lee.