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Giffords intern to throw first pitch at All-Star Game

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Daniel Hernandez, Jr.

Giffords intern to throw first pitch at All-Star Game

Ceremony to honor victims of Jan. 8

  • Hernandez and Giffords, on her birthday in 2008.
    courtesy Daniel HernandezHernandez and Giffords, on her birthday in 2008.

Taking the mound to throw out the first pitch for Tuesday's All-Star Game will be Daniel Hernandez, Jr., the intern who helped save the life of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot Jan. 8.

Joining Hernandez, 21, to toss the ceremonial pitch at the Major League Baseball exhibition will be 85-year-old baseball legend, Joe Garagiola, Sr.

Hernandez is credited with helping save Giffords' life after she was shot in what authorities charge was an assassination attempt at a meet-and-greet with constitutents.

Hired just a week prior to the shooting, Hernandez held Giffords upright to maintain an open airway and applied pressure to her gunshot wound.

Among the six killed in the shooting ramapage was nine-year-old Christina-Taylor Green, the daughter of Los Angeles Dodgers scout John Green and the granddaughter of former Phillies, Mets and Yankees manager Dallas Green. The attack also wounded 13, including Giffords.

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig invited the families of the victims to participate in the pre-game ceremony.

Presenting the colors before the game will be an honor guard of Oro Valley police and Golder Ranch Fire District firefighters.

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