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One year ago today gunmen opened fire on a crowd gathered at a Tucson grocery store front event held by congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
The shooting Rampage would -- six people dead and thirteen wounded including the congresswoman.
These photos show Gifford being taken to the hospital and by her side there was her intern Daniel Hernandez who is credited.
With saving her life.
He joins us live this morning from Tucson good morning Daniel.
Thanks for having incredible to think that it was a year ago today what do you remember most from that tragic day.
You know there's lot of things -- remember from diseases that incident a year ago but I think one of the most striking things was seeing.
Everybody people whether they had medical training -- not wanting to help save the lives of others who have been injured on that day and even people like Ron barber who have been shot twice.
Not wanting medical attention because he knew that there's people who need it more.
On the morning.
The country really marveled at you -- com.
Cool collected demeanor in the face of all of this crisis.
What -- -- if you can remember how you were able to stay so calm.
You know I knew that staying calm was the most important thing.
I have very limited training signing of that until someone else came in with -- better training and needed to do my best to keep.
The congresswoman in the best shape until the emergency medical technicians to come in and work and take over.
But I didn't.
Think that having an emotional breakdown because -- -- seen friends and other people but I knew getting injured and killed would have helped anyone because it would have lost.
My focus and it would have prevented me from giving the maximum amount of aid to the congresswoman.
To say that this was a life altering event for everyone involved is obviously in an understatement how is your life changed since that day.
You know it hasn't -- because they've been doing.
What I've been doing for years I've been fighting for up.
I'd -- higher education have it's particularly recently I was elected to school working on Tucson.
Because I am so passionate about education so I've been doing the same things -- for years but now it's with a little bit.
-- of a perspective.
I realize that some of the things that I do aren't as important as I think they used to.
So making sure that everything I do I realize how -- how precious and how important every moment of life is so we need to make sure we're taking advantage of every single opportunity that.
We have let's -- -- -- real difference obviously she's had a miraculous recovery do you think they sure were turn.
Some day to her post as a congresswoman.
She's always been a fighter and she's always been someone that's very tenacious so.
If that's something that -- like to do I don't put it past her because I've seen -- fight for years and years for her constituents.
And he's putting that same energy towards her -- so that's.
Her -- light I have no doubt that she'll be back.
You sit in the biggest thing for yourself and other victims -- that -- -- -- to making sure that you prevent another -- -- from happening how do you -- met him.
Well -- And I think the biggest thing is addressing some of the stigma around mental health issues.
One of those things that was really a failure that allowed this -- to happen wasn't any type of legislation that was.
The -- in the health care system.
Not giving him the necessary treatment.
Not reporting it to the proper authorities who could have prevented him from not receiving that kind of a system and receiving medication that he needed.
So I think the biggest thing is removing some of that stigma.
Around mental health.
And making sure we get people hope that they need especially if they're suffering from things like paranoia -- schizophrenia were associated with -- which is what it looks like Jared Loughner had.
Do you plan did do you expect to see the congresswoman.
Today I know that there are lots of memorial services.
Yes it today we're we're going to be able to see her for the first time.
In her hometown guarantees on.
At the University of Arizona we're gonna have a big candlelight vigil on trot -- all of the people who passed away so -- oral looking towards us.
Having her back in town because it's been a long time since she's made -- public appearance exact it was a -- a year ago today when she made her last public appearance in Tucson.
-- Daniel Hernandez thanks so much for coming in -- -- part of your personal story will never forget those pictures thank you.
Thank you so much for having --
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