First responders at Giffords shooting discuss what they witnessed

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The agency that first responded to the shooting of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others in Tucson nearly two weeks is patting itself on the back.

The agency says the medical training of Pima County Sheriff's deputies who cared for the injured played a vital role in the survival of some victims.

Captain Byron Gwaltney is patrol commander for the sheriff's office. He says things would have been worse for some victims had it not been for the work of deputies who were there several minutes before EMS workers arrived.

A medical kit that deputies used also is credited with helping to stop the bleeding for some victims.

The kit contains bandages for head wounds, tourniquets, a seal to cover up chest wounds and scissors used to cut clothing and get access to injuries.

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