Hero Intern Daniel Hernandez: "Politics has Become Disruptive"
01/10/2011 - 18:00 ||
In an interview with Fox News Latino, Daniel Hernández, the 20-year-old intern who saved Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' life, opened up about Saturday's tragic shooting and how he kept his wits about him.
“My main goal was to try to make sure the congresswoman and everyone was ok," the University of Arizona junior said. "When I saw injured people I tried to tend to them as good as I could, until emergency personnel arrived.”
Hernández' mother, Consuelo, is from Mexico and his father is from California. His mother came to the United States about a year before Daniel was born in Tucson, in 1990.
"Once they heard about gunshots and fatalities, they were extremely concerned," Hernández said, so he called them during the ambulance ride to the hospital as he held on to Giffords' hand. "The only call I made was to my parents to let them know that I wasn't injured but to not try to contact me."
Apparently, the Mexican-American has always been able to maintain calm under pressure. "Its how I've always been," he said. "Always able to remain calm and collected in any situation. Particularly in a stressful situation, emotional detachment, is extremely useful."
Hernández also shared his thoughts about the causes of the shooting and whether political rhetoric needs to be toned down for the good of the country.
"Politics has become disruptive and about scoring political points," he said. "I hope the climate shifts towards constructive political discourse. I hope it becomes about working together as a country and moving forward."
Hernández says that at this point he isn't thinking about where he goes from here.
"Congresswoman Giffords is in grave condition and I'm not really thinking about the future at the moment," he said. "I'm thinking about the family members who lost someone."
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