CNA Training Helped Save Congresswoman’s
Daniel Hernandez was only five days into his new internship with the office of Arizona
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords when his former CNA training
was needed to help save a life – the life of Rep. Giffords.
Hernandez has known Giffords for years and had helped with her 2008 campaign, so this
is someone with whom he has an established emotional tie, a complication which can actually inhibit even a
seasoned professional from successfully administering aid in a shocking, emergency
In a televised interview Monday, January 10, 2011, on Fox and Friends (morning show on
Fox News), Hernandez recounted that he ran toward Giffords after the shots were fired. He determined that her
fallen position put her in danger of asphyxiation, so he repositioned her against his chest. He began to
apply pressure to her wound. Her eyes were closed and she was obviously in pain, he stated, but she was able
to respond to statements and questions by squeezing his hand, and the hands of others who arrived to
In an online article for Fox News written by Kristin Brown, January 9, 2011 [Intern
May Have Helped Save Giffords’ Life], Hernandez called Giffords “a fighter.” He told Fox that Giffords
was conscious while he was with her and “very responsive” to everything said to her.
According to the article, Hernandez “was able to use his triage knowledge to help
Giffords and others who were wounded in her immediate vicinity.” The article also reports that “several
officials have credited Hernandez's actions with keeping Giffords alive until paramedics
Hernandez stated that he received his Certified Nurse’s Assistant training in high
Here is the link to the Fox News report.