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Trump Honors Alexandria Shooting Responders

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President Donald Trump recognizes first responders. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 28 Jul 2017 07:40 AM

President Donald Trump honored Alexandria, Virginia shooting responders Thursday, recognizing them with the Medal of Valor for their actions June 14 when a gunman fired on members of a Republican charity softball team, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the Washington Post said.

In the East Room of the White House, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence recognized Capitol Police special agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, along with Alexandria police officers Kevin Jobe, Alexander Jensen, and Nicole Battaglia for their actions that day, the Post wrote.

Griner was still on crutches from her injuries after James Hodgkinson fired on the team at an Alexandria park, seriously injuring Scalise and hurting four others, the Post said. Officers fired back, eventually killing Hodgkinson, the newspaper stated.

"The assault on June 14th reminded us that evil exists in this world," Trump said in his statement at the White House ceremony. "But it also reminded us that heroes walk in our midst, that love triumphs over tragedy, and that our resolve is stronger than ever.

"We praise America's law enforcement -- and I've been praising them for a long time, they are unbelievable people -- for doing a tough -- for doing the tough jobs, the dangerous jobs, and sometimes thankless job with tremendous integrity, devotion, and courage," Trump continued.

Scalise, who was discharged from MedStar Washington Hospital Center this week after six weeks of treatment for a gunshot wound he received in the shooting, thanked President Trump for recognizing the officers and law enforcement around the country, The Hill said.

"Everyone who was at the ballpark that morning owes their lives to the selfless and brave actions of these heroes, and I cannot thank them enough," Scalise said in a statement. "I am especially grateful to Crystal and David, who I have been blessed to have by my side day in and day out in my job as Majority Whip. I would not be here today without the bravery of Crystal and David. They saved my life, and are my heroes."

A MedStar Washington statement said that Scalise was "in good spirits" after his release from the hospital, where he spent time in intensive care after the shooting.

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President Donald Trump honored Alexandria, Virginia shooting responders Thursday, recognizing them with the Medal of Valor for their actions June 14 when a gunman fired on members of a Republican charity softball team, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
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