Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head January 8 when an assailant opened fire outside a grocery store during a meeting with constituents, killing six people and wounding 13 others. In the above still captured from TV, she is wheeled to awaiting ambulances.
Digging out survivors: Rescue workers sift through the debris of a collapsed building in Christchurch on February 23, 2011
A Japanese rescue worker walks through a destroyed residential area of tsunami-hit Otsuchi March 14, 2011. In the town of Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture, 12,000 out of a population of 15,000 have disappeared following Friday’s massive earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
A wooden owl stands guard next to firefighter Craig Howard as he yells to arriving reinforcements at a home near Possum Kingdom threatened by the raging Texas wildfires on April 19. More than 1,500 local, state, and national firefighters are in Texas trying to control the blaze, which has so far burned an area almost as big as Rhode Island. National Geographic.
May - A firefighter conducts search-and-rescue operations in a neighborhood severely damaged by a tornado Sunday evening in Joplin, Mo. Charlie Riedel, AP
A firefighter walks through heavy smoke near the Los Alamos fire, June 29, 2011. AP/Jae C. Hong
Injured people are treated by medics at the scene of an explosion near the government buildings in Norway’s capital Oslo, July 22. Holm Morten/AFP/Getty Images
Firefighters and riot police survey the area as fire rages through a building in Tottenham, north London, Aug. 7, 2011. (PA / Lewis Whyld)
Rescue workers carry Azra Karaduman, a two-week-old baby girl, from a collapsed building in Ercis, near the eastern Turkish city of Van, on October 25, 2011. The baby was rescued alive from the rubble of a collapsed building on Tuesday, 46 hours after an earthquake struck southeast Turkey, a Reuters Television journalist said. Her mother, Semiha, who was also rescued, had been clasping her daughter to her chest. Reuters/Stringer
Spc. Andrew Walsh, a 323rd Engineer Detachment firefighter, adjusts an Afghan Kandahar Air Wing firefighter’s mask prior to conducting a live-burn training exercise at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, March 28, 2011.