Daniel Hernandez on Monday received a standing ovation led by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.

Hernandez's quick thinking is credited with helping to stop Arizona Representative Gabrielle 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.

Hernandez is openly gay and had been Giffords' intern for just five days when he was asked to help out at the event.

In an address to lawmakers, Brewer spoke out in support of “extraordinary Arizonans who responded with professionalism and saved lives” during the tragedy.

“Daniel Hernandez, a University of Arizona student, showed no fear in the face of gunfire,” Brewer said. “His quick action in going to Gabby Giffords' aid likely saved her life. Daniel is here today and I'm going to ask him to stand and receive the thanks of a very grateful state.”

Hernandez stood up and lawmakers gave him a standing ovation.

In an earlier interview, Hernandez denied that he's a hero, but added that Giffords is.