Tucson Heroes: Arizonans Shine In Face Of Tragedy

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1||On January 8, 2011, a shooting spree in Tucson, Arizona, left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in critical condition and claimed the lives of six others, including Arizona’s Chief Federal Judge John M. Roll. A much larger tragedy could have unfolded were it not for the selfless, and sometimes self-endangering, actions of several individuals.

Col. Bill Badger (Ret.) was one of four people who disarmed and pinned accused shooter Jared Lee Loughner as he tried to reload. A bullet grazed the back of Badger’s head, though he later said he didn’t realize he’d been shot when he rushed in to restrain Loughner. ||Will Seberger/MCT/Newscom&&

2||Dr. Peter Rhee is the head of the trauma ward at Unveristy Medical Center, where several of the victims, including Rep. Giffords, were brought following the attack. He’s overseen Giffords’ treatment, and has served as the primary source of updates on her condition. ||Will Seberger/Roll Call Photos/Newscom&&

3||Dr. G. Michael Lemole Jr, a neurosurgeon at UMC, is also part of the team caring for Rep. Giffords. ||Will Seberger/Roll Call Photos/Newscom&&

4||Patricia Maisch, 61, wrestled a gun clip away from Loughner as he tied to reload. Maisch then helped several men detain Loughner by pinning him by the ankles. ||ABC&&

5||Daniel Hernandez, a 20-year-old intern for Rep. Giffords, administered first aid to several victims, including the congresswoman. He’s been credited with perhaps saving Giffords’ life by quickly staunching the bleeding from her head wound. ||Will Seberger/Roll Call Photos/Newscom&&

6||For his efforts, Hernandez was singled out by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in her State of the State address. Hernandez received a standing ovation. ||CNN&&

7||Dorwin Stoddard was killed in the shooting spree when he used his body as a shield to protect his wife, Mavy, from the gunfire. Here, his stepdaughters Penny Wilson (left) and Angela Robinson answer questions for the media. ||Will Seberger/MCT/Newscom&&

8||Michael E. Harris, shown here at his home in Tucson, provided CPR to two victims of the shooting. ||Will Seberger/MCT/Newscom&&

9||Col. Bill Badger (Ret.), who helped detain Loughner despite having been nicked in the head by a bullet. ||Will Seberger/MCT/Newscom&&

10||Joseph Zamudio, a 24-year-old former football player, helped pin Loughner until authorities arrived. ||MSNBC&&

11||Dr. Steve Rayle also helped restrain Loughner.

See pictures of Rep. Giffords, pictures from vigils set up following the shootings, and from the scene on the ground in Arizona.

||NBC

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