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Officers Honored for Heroism that Stopped Congressional Baseball Shooting


The five officers who responded when a gunman opened fire on Republicans playing baseball last spring were honored on Capitol Hill today. 

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan told the officers he hopes they know how much they mean to members of Congress.

"To see these officers get their due is another milestone in our collective recovery," he said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told the officers they "have earned our unyielding gratitude."

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was shot and seriously wounded in the attack, said he's only here today because of their heroism.

"Thank you so much for your sacrifice, for putting your lives on the line and it's great to see you all back here. We're all getting better," he said.

To see Congressman Scalise "healthy and walking is to see our prayers answered" said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

The officers who were honored are Special Agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner of the U.S. Capitol Police and officers Nicole Battaglia, Alexander Jensen and Kevin Jobe of the Alexandria Police Department.

Witnesses said the carnage would have been far worse had officers with the U.S. Capitol Police and Alexandria Police Department not engaged the assailant in a gunfight, eventually killing him.

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