January 10, 2011

How Heroes Think....

"It was probably not the best idea to run toward the gunshots, but people needed help,"
              --Daniel Hernandez, 20, an intern to Congresswoman Gifford, who's quick thinking first aid is crediting with aiding her survival.

"When you seen an individual that shoots a 9-year-old girl ... something has to be done,"
             -- Bill Badger, 74, a retired Army colonel, who ignored a bullet wound to the head to confront and subdue Loughner.

When reached by telephone, he declined to comment
            -- Roger Salzgeber, the first bystander on the scene to confront the killer, braining him with a folding chair. He's not talking, he just did it.

"give me the gun!"
           -- Patricia Maisch, 61, overheard by witnesses screaming at Loughner as she helped pin him down and snatch away the fresh magazine he attempted to reload.

""Somebody had to do something."
           --Joseph Zamudio,  who, upon hearing the gunshots, headed towards the gunfire, and helped the others subdue the killer, Loughner

UPDATE: Roger Salzgeber has been reluctant to talk about the shooting ever since it occurred.  But some of his public statements since then make clear that in those terrible moments after he tackled Loughner and was restraining him with a knee in his back, that he considered killing the Tuscon shooter.  The loss of life, including a 9 year old little girl, his survival and that of his wife who was with him, and the emotions that nearly caused him to kill Loughner have weighed heavily on him ever since.