Tucson Hero Speaks


POSTED: Monday, January 10, 2011 - 11:02am

UPDATED: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 11:58am

Woman who helped stop Tucson gunman tells her story.

As the sound of gunshots continued, 61-year-old Patricia Maisch said all she could think about was what it was going to feel like to get shot.

"I decided in a split second if I was going to run or drop to the ground, and I though maybe if I ran I would become a target," Maisch says.

Patricia said she dropped to the ground, and just moments later she found herself lying next to the gunman while two other men were pinning him down. That's when someone cried out to Patricia to reach for the gun.

"As I was trying to get the gun, another man was there and he was getting a magazine out of his left pant pocket. Then somebody said grab the magazine, so he got it out of his pocket and it ended up on the sidewalk, but I was able to grab it before he did," Maisch recalls.

She was able to save many lives that day, but Maisch said she still doesn't consider herself a hero.

"It was just an extra security to get that away from him, but I think the two heroes were the two men who had the courage to knock him down," Maisch said.

Maisch said all she wanted to do that day was to thank Gabrielle Gifford's for all her hard work, and can't believe how one person could have so much hatred.

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