Hero Giffords intern gets Facebook campaign 

If you're following the Gabrielle Giffords shooting, by now you've heard about Daniel Hernandez (pictured right in photo), a Giffords intern who is being widely credited with saving her life.

A new Facebook group is asking President Obama to invite Hernandez to attend the State of the Union, tentatively set for later this month. As of this evening, about 319 people had joined.

From the Arizona Republic:

The junior at the University of Arizona was helping check people in at the "Congress on Your Corner" event when he heard gunfire. He was about 30 feet from the congresswoman. When the shots began, he ran toward them.

"I don't even know if the gunfire had stopped," he said Saturday night as he kept a vigil at the University Medical Center cafeteria, gathered near a TV watching tributes and getting updates.

He made his way to Giffords and held her upright on his lap, applying pressure on her wounds. When the ambulance came, he stayed with her and held her hand on the ride to the hospital. Giffords squeezed back.

He waited at the hospital while she went into surgery. He needed to tell police what had happened. He overheard people walking by talking about how Giffords had died. He also heard this on NPR. Later, he learned she had lived.

"I was ecstatic," he said. "She was one of the people I've looked up to. Knowing she was alive and still fighting was good news. She's definitely a fighter, whether for her own life, or standing up for people in southern Arizona."

It was only his fifth day on the job.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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