Daniel Hernandez says he's no hero, but that Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords is.

Hernandez's quick thinking is credited with helping to stop Giffords' bleeding after she was shot in the head during an outdoor rally in Tucson on Saturday.

Six people, including a federal judge, died during the shooting rampage. Police arrested 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner at the scene and are searching for a second suspect.

Hernandez is openly gay and had been Giffords' intern for just five days when the shooting occurred.

In an interview Monday with CNN, Hernandez explained what happened.

“I was about 40 feet away from the congresswoman and the place she was meeting with constituents and I was kind of behind a corner so I couldn't see directly where the congresswoman was from my position. I heard the gunshots and I knew that people had been injured most likely. So I ran towards where the congresswoman was. When I got there I saw that there were people who had been injured. I then tried to see who had a pulse still, see if people were still breathing. I was only able to check two or three people before I noticed that Congresswoman Giffords had been injured severely. So then she became my first priority. Not just because of her position but also because of the severity of her wounds.”

“I tried to make sure that I picked her up so that she wasn't in a position where she could asphyxiate on her own blood because of the position she originally was in. I then started applying pressure to her wound to try and stem the blood loss.”

And when the interviewer asked Hernandez if he saved Giffords' life, he replied: “I don't think that I did, I think it was emergency services. People have been referring to me as a hero. I don't think that that's something I am. I think the people that are heroes are people like Gabby, who are public servants and who have dedicated their lives to public service.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Giffords is a supporter of gay rights.