Friday, February 25, 2011

GQ Provides an Oral History of the Tucson Shootings

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 10:00 AM

While I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to voluntarily read or hear anything else connected to the events of January 8th at this point, this month's GQ has an interesting oral history of that happened, as told by some of the heroes of that morning: Daniel Hernandez, Patricia Maisch, and Bill Badger.

Hernandez: Originally we were going to be airlifted to University Medical Center. However, I saw that there was an ambulance there. I said, "What's the ETA on the air evac?" They didn't respond, probably because they didn't know. I took that as too long. I said, "She's number one priority. We need to get her out of here—now." They put her on a board. They told me, "We don't want you to go in the ambulance. There's no room." I said, "You'd better make room." On the way, I continued to talk to her. I told her, "I'm on the phone right now trying to get ahold of Mark"—her husband—"and your mom and dad here in Tucson. Do you understand that?" Especially when I mentioned her parents and Mark, she squeezed extra tight.

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