Tucson Hero: 'I'm Still Trying to Calm Down'

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As Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' husband Mark Kelly gave his first interview about the shooting in Tucson that left his wife in intensive care, others who were there are also talking about that day.

Bill Badger was one of the men who helped wrestle the suspected gunman to the ground after he shot 19 people.

"With this hand, I came right down on his shoulders like this and he went right to the ground," he explained to MSNBC.

Badger said he's enjoying some family time with relatives in South Dakota and playing hockey with his grandson.

"It's been a week and day now since it happened and I'm still trying to calm myself down," he said.

Susie Hileman, one of the 13 people who were wounded in the attack, has been able to leave her hospital bed. She even visited the impromptu memorial site for the victims of the shooting outside the hospital.

Her husband said she's having to deal with the fact she took the youngest victim, nine-year-old Christina Green, to the Safeway parking lot that tragic day.

"And she knows rationally that there's no blame to be apportioned, but the fact of the matter is she took a little neighbor's girl away that morning and was unable to bring her home," Bill Hileman told ABC News.

Meanwhile, Kelly has given his first interview to ABC's Diane Sawyer, talking about his Gabby trying to take care of him with a neck massage even while she's just starting to recover from a gunshot to the brain.

"And she spent 10 minutes rubbing my neck. And I keep telling her, 'Gabby, you're in the ICU. You don't need, you don't need to be doing' this,'" he chuckled.

"But it's so typical of her that no matter how bad the situation might be for her, she's looking out for other people," he explained.

Doctors said Giffords is making remarkable progress, but is still unable to speak because of the breathing tube in her throat.

The entire interview with Mark Kelly will be broadcast Tuesday night on ABC's 20/20. Check local listings.

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