Hundreds take part in UAMC bell ringing to remember January 8 shooting
Reporter: Alexis Fernandez
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - As Tucsonans come together to mark the second anniversary of the shooting that took place on January 8, 2011, the University of Arizona Medical Center remembered by taking part in a community bell ringing.
Hundreds of people, including hospital staff and survivors took part in the remembrance on the UAMC's front lawn.
"We will ring our bells nineteen times as a symbol of unity of hope, and most of all of peace," said Rev. Joe Fitzgeral, with UAMC.
Each person rang a bell at 10:10 this morning to commemorate the time of the shooting and to celebrate the support that came after.
"Very emotional in some ways, it's more emotional today then it was that day, different emotions, but now we know these people, they're our friends families of those that were murdered that day," said Patricia Maisch, one of the survivors.
Survivors say since that tragic day, they are becoming stronger.
"When we get together today it brings back a lot of sad memories, but it makes us feel good that we have bonded together as one big family," said Col. Bill Badger, another one of the survivors.
It was also a day for some of the doctors who treated patients that day, to pause for a moment.
"Being able to take the time to reflect back on this type of event, although we do this all the time, this is nice in that we can have the city and community rally behind it," said Dr. Peter Rhee, a trauma surgeon with UAMC.
But most of all, a day to unite.