Me llaman heroe (They Call Me a Hero)
Recuerdos de mi juventud
“I don’t consider myself a hero,” says Daniel Hernandez. “I did what I thought anyone should have done. Heroes are people who spend a lifetime committed to helping others.”
When Daniel Hernandez was twenty years old, he was working as an intern for U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. On January 8, 2011, during a “Congress on Your Corner” event, Giffords was shot. Daniel Hernandez’s quick thinking saved Giffords’s life until the paramedics arrived and took her to the hospital. Hernandez’s bravery and heroism has been noted by many, including President Barack Obama.
But while that may have been his most well-known moment in the spotlight, Daniel Hernandez, Jr., is a remarkable individual who has already accomplished much in his young life, and is working to achieve much more. This memoir, told in Spanish, explores Daniel’s life, his character, and the traits that a young person needs to rise above adversity and become a hero like Daniel.
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LA MAñANA DEL SáBADO
“¡DISPAROS!” DIJO ALGUIEN, Y COMPRENDÍ: RECORDÉ ALGUNAS DE las cosas que habían ocurrido en los últimos meses. Había habido un evento de campaña donde un elector furioso había traído un arma, pero la había dejado caer. Y en marzo habían disparado a la puerta de la oficina de la congresista Gabby Giffords en Tucson después del voto de la ley de cuidados de salud. Gabe Zimmerman, el ayudante de Gabby, se me había acercado esa mañana y me dijo: “Si ves algo sospechoso, me avisas”.
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