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Heroes are made in the moment.

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | January 10, 2011

No. 563

Amid the appalling story of the attempted assassination of Congresswomen Giffords, it is worth noting that several heroes stepped forward from the bystanders and probably were responsible for saving lives.

– A woman jumped forward to disarm the gunman as he changed ammunition clips;

– Two men followed to pin the gunman down;

– An intern (who had only just joined the Congresswoman’s staff) used his nurses training to stop the bleeding from the Congresswoman’s head wound, saving her life, although he knew that she was the gunman’s target and he was thus stepping into the line of fire;

– At least two people ran toward the shooting to help victims, one was  a doctor who had worked in an emergency room, the other an ordinary citizen who would have shot the gunman, stating that in the post-9/11 era we cannot allow terrorists to push us around.

There are a lot of good people out there.  If the story of the Arizona shootings is any indication, they greatly outnumber the bad ones.


CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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