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Injured Capitol Police officer throws out first pitch in emotional moment

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But now, after a gunman opened fire on Republicans practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game in Virginia on Wednesday - wounding Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and three others - that quiet conversation has exploded into public view.

Hodgkinson, severely wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, whom the agents were protecting. The unit is the 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment.

Virginia [U.S.], June 14 (ANI): "It would have been a massacre without Capitol Hill Police".

Both officers have been released from the hospital, and Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said Griner is now in "good condition".

Capitol Police officer David Bailey, who was injured in Wednesday's attack, throws the first pitch.

While the officers did not use rifles in responding to the shooting Wednesday, it is common for them to carry rifles while patrolling the Capitol grounds. Bailey hobbled out to the pitcher's mound to a standing ovation. Such collegiality being brought back to the Capitol with them as they take on the people's business would be a welcome development indeed.

Supportive comments poured into Cabrera's page and on Twitter. "You are one of the heroes too!" a friend posted.

According to The Daily Beast, the two officers are well-liked on Capitol Hill and Republican aides who know them describe both Griner and Bailey as warm and amusing people, who avoid the spotlight and approach their jobs with the utmost seriousness and professionalism.

Politicians were quick to heap praise on the LEOs who saved many lives that day. Eyewitness says at least 5 injured before shooter was taken down. He said some 15 officers attended a May town-hall meeting where many in the angry crowd blamed him for helping to revive the GOP's health care bill. "The thin blue line held today".

It was a truly remarkable moment honoring a true American hero. Rank-and-file do not typically travel with Capitol Police or other security. We had no arms, all we had were bats.

Now lawmakers can only use money from campaign accounts to cover security if they have had threats posed against them.

New York Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney told CNN that she has had numerous phone and email messages warning that people wanted to harm not only her, but her son, who serves in the military in Iraq.

"I know as sure as I'm standing here right now, there's no way we would have lived through that", he told CBS This Morning.



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