Daniel Hernandez Jr., intern credited with saving life of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to appear at Penn State Berks

SPRING TWP., Pa. - Daniel Hernandez Jr., the former intern who is credited with saving the life of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the aftermath of an assassination attempt in 2011, is scheduled to appear on the Berks campus of Penn State University next month.

In his presentation, "Becoming a Hero," Hernandez will discuss the title he disputes on Wed., Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center auditorium.

Giffords was the victim of a shooting outside a supermarket near Tucson, Ariz., where she was meeting with constituents on Jan. 8, 2011. Six people were killed and 13 others were wounded.

Hernandez's medical training, quick-thinking and brave actions that day subsequently led him to be celebrated as a hero, a title he humbly rejects, even though he has been recognized with nearly 40 awards and honors.

In this lecture, Hernandez stresses the importance of people "getting off the sidelines and becoming involved in their communities."

The lecture, part of the Penn State Berks Arts and Lecture series, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the office of campus life at 610-396-6076.

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