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Daniel Hernandez, University Of Arizona Student Who Helped Gabrielle Giffords, Says He's Not A Hero


First Posted: 01/10/11 11:08 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:25 PM ET

The University of Arizona student who came to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords's aid after she was shot in the head Saturday says he's not a hero.

"I don't think I'm a hero," Daniel Hernandez told the Daily Wildcat. "I think doing something one off is not something heroic."

Hernandez had been working as an intern for Giffords the Monday before the shooting.

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According to the Wildcat, Hernandez ran in the direction of the gunshots and was the first person to attend to Giffords.

"I saw that she had been severely injured because she had that severe gunshot wound to the head ... she was my main focus so I stayed with her and tried to help her as much as possible," Hernandez said.

The political science student is a certified nursing assistant. He told ABC News that the congresswoman responded to him while he helped her. "She was able to hold my hand when I asked her if she could hear me," he said. "I wasn't able to get any words from her. She may have been trying, but because of the way that I was having to hold her it was a lot easier to just 'if you can hear me Gabby just grab my hand to let me know that you're okay.'"

Hernandez has known Giffords since 2008.

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