President Trump Awards Medal of Valor to Congressional Baseball Practice Shooting Heroes
On Thursday, President Trump awarded the Medal of Valor to two U.S. Capitol Police officers and three members of the Alexandria Police Department for their bravery and heroism during the shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia last month.
The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor is the highest decoration for bravery exhibited by public safety officers in the United States.
“The assault on June 14 reminded us that evil exists in this world, but it also reminded us that heroes walk in our midst, that love triumphs over tragedy, and that our resolve is stronger than ever,” said President Trump.
U.S. Capitol Police officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner were both injured while protecting House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, at the time of the gunman’s attack.
Following the incident, House Speaker Paul Ryan said, “It is clear to me, based on various eyewitness accounts, that without these two heroes, Agent Bailey and Agent Griner, many lives would have been lost.”
In addition to Griner and Bailey, Alexandria police officers Nicole Battaglia, Alex Jensen and Kevin Jobe were honored by the President for their selfless actions on that day.
Officers were first dispatched to the baseball field at 7:10 a.m. on Wednesday June 14, and Officer Jobe, a 16-year Alexandria police veteran, arrived less than two minutes later. Battaglia who has been on the Alexandria force for 18 months, and Jensen, a 2-year veteran, arrived shortly after, according to CBS News.
Battaglia “immediately started taking fire from the suspect, and she jumped out of the car, without cover, and moved towards the firefight. Not away from it, towards it, to the point where she was actually pinned down in the parking lot with a barrage of weapon fire from the shooter,” Alexandria police chief Michael Brown said. “That act alone, probably, in my opinion, diverted the attention of the shooter away from the other officers, allowing them to get in position to deal with the situation.”
All officers involved were believed to have played critical roles in preventing a massacre on the baseball field that day.
You can watch the ceremony above, via Fox News.
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