Event Honors 'heroes' Who Emerged In Ariz Shooting

Published January 8, 2012 10:54PM (EST)

PHOENIX (AP) — A woman who wrestled a gun magazine from the man who shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords spoke about everyday heroes to a crowd gathered in Tucson.

Pat Maisch (MAY-sh) spoke Sunday of the men who tackled the shooter, people who comforted 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green as she lay dying, and those who tried their best to tend to the wounded.

She says there was an eerie quiet at the Safeway one year ago Sunday, chaos but no panic after the shooting that killed six and wounded 13, including Giffords.

She says everyone was doing something critically useful, and they were doing it calmly and quietly,

Maisch says the survivors became an extended family that draws on each other for strength and refuses to let the shooting define them.

By Salon Staff

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