An officer who was injured in the Virginia shooting earlier this week bounced back to perform an epic act on Thursday.
According to the Washington Examiner, Capitol Police Officer David Bailey threw the first pitch at the Congressional Baseball Game at National Park despite spraining his ankle the day before while responding to the shooting.
Bailey, along with fellow Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner, are credited with saving the lives of majority whip Steve Scalise and other Republican lawmakers involved in the horrific shooting in which a gunman opened fire on them at a practice baseball field on Wednesday in Alexandra.
On crutches, Bailey made his out to the mound at start of the game. After handing off one crutch to officers standing nearby, he wound up and threw the pitch as the crowd roared with applause and shouts of support.
USA Today reported that Senator Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican who was also present at the field on Wednesday, credited Bailey and Griner with preventing a massacre and saving the lives of all those in attendance at the ball practice.
“Our lives were saved by the Capitol Police,” he said. “Had they not been there I think it would have been a massacre.”
Thank you Krystal Griner & David Bailey for your service & bravery today.
Rand Paul: It would’ve been a massacre if not for Capitol Police.
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House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, also had words of admiration for the officers in his speech on the House floor on Wednesday.
“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,” he said.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 16, 2017
Griner remains in the hospital after she was shot in the ankle. Scalise was shot in the hip and also remains at the hospital where he is listed in critical condition.
Brave. Courageous. Heroic. These are all words that describe Bailey and Griner. Without the two of them being the epitome of these words, the lives of millions of people around the country would have been drastically altered in a heartbeat.
Thanks to these two officers and thousands of other officers just like them across this great nation, each and every American can rest easy knowing they have our backs.
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