Giffords district director relives day of shooting
Sprawled on the sidewalk, blood flowing from an upper-leg wound, Ron Barber contorted his body and reached under his back for, of all things, his BlackBerry.
The reason underlines his passion: He wanted to retrieve the phone number for the parents of his boss, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was slumped, shot through the head, just in front of him. He’d asked intern Daniel Hernandez Jr. to call them, but he couldn’t find his cherished digital device, and his rescuers were telling Barber to forget about it and lie still.
Such is the devotion the 65-year-old Barber holds for Giffords, who is 25 years younger: His loyalty shone through as both lay bleeding from gunshot wounds at Giffords’ Congress on Your Corner event that Saturday morning outside a northwest-side Safeway.
Ron Barber, district director for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, recalls the scene in which Giffords was shot. Barber was shot in the cheek and leg and recalled how he fell next to Giffords. PHOTO BY DAVID SANDERS / ARIZONA DAILY STAR