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Officers who protected members of Congress during baseball practice shooting honored

In recalling the June 14 attack, the House majority whip mentioned the Las Vegas concert shooting that killed 58 on October 1 and the Sutherland Springs, Texas, church shooting that took 26 lives Sunday.

The five police officers who risked their lives when a gunman opened fire on lawmakers during a Republican congressional baseball practice have been awarded with the US Capitol Police Medal of Honor.

The officers to receive the department's highest honor are David Bailey and Crystal Griner of the Capitol Police, and Alexandria police officers Nicole Battaglia, Alexander Jensen and Kevin Jobe.

Relying on two walking sticks to help him move, Scalise told the officers that their actions prevented a deadly attack similar to the recent massacres in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Scalise, who was playing second base at the time, was hit in the hip and seriously wounded. "June 14 could have turned out the exact same way", he said. "These women and men we are honoring today ran toward the threat and stopped it". Scalise had a message for her.

Scalise began using the scooter after he was shot and gravely wounded in June at a practice for a congressional charity baseball match in Alexandria, Virginia.

Scalise was also awarded the Medal of Merit for his courage but said the carnage would have been far worse if the officers being honored had not engaged the assailant in gunfight. The rifle-wielding attacker had nursed grievances against President Donald Trump and the GOP.

House Majority Leader Paul Ryan, who said Scalise's recovery has been an inspiration to his colleagues: "We even root for LSU when it doesn't conflict with our own interests".



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