University of Arizona junior, Daniel Hernandez, was only five days into his internship in
the office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) when Jared Lee Loughner allegedly opened fire at Giffords’ “Congress On Your Corner” meet-and-greet at a Tucson Safeway. The kid ran TOWARD the gunshots. Here’s one account of what happened
Hernandez, a member of the City of Tucson Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues, applied pressure to Giffords’ entry wound to stop her bleeding after checking the life signs of other victims of the shooting in
Tuscon, according to the Arizona Republic:
“First the neck, then the wrist,” he told the Republic. “I don’t even know if the gunfire had stopped.”
Hernandez said he made sure Giffords breathed property by holding her head in his lap before he taught a bystander how to use the same technique on the wounds of his boss, Ron Barber.
Hernandezlives in a state ruled by a bloodstained harpie who stole domestic partner coverage for state workers with same-sex partners, essentially signing a death warrant for uninsured partners with life-threatening illnesses. He lives
in a country where he is surrounded on all sides by people who hate his skin color, his genetic profile, his natural human desires, and the inner workings of what we, for lack of a better word, call a heart or a soul.
You can imagine a kid like this in high school — smart, gay, interested in politics. You think that as popular and likable as he may have been, he didn’t know in the core of his being that someone, somewhere was always quietly judging
him and boys like him as perverted, evil, an abomination?
On Saturday, Hernandez did something bigger and better than any of the cowards who hate him and people like him have ever done or will ever do. True heroes risk their lives because their heart demands it of them.
Now read what the kid told his school newspaper today:
“I don’t think I’m a hero. I think doing something one off is not something heroic,” Hernandez said. “I think the heroes are people like Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Ron Barber, Dave Zimmerman, and Pam Simon. They are people
who have dedicated their lives to public service so for them it wasn’t just a one time thing, it’s spending their entire lives trying to help others.”