On October 6, just four months after being shot and nearly killed on a Virginia baseball field, Rep. Steve Scalise made one hell of a return to the baseball diamond. That is when he threw out the first pitch during the first game of the National League Divisional Series between the Washington Nationals and the Chicago Cubs.
But did you happen to notice who was behind the plate catching his pitch? None other than Capitol Police Officer David Bailey.
According to WTOP-TV, Bailey was one of two police officers on Scalise’s security detail who was honored for his bravery in the June 14 attack, along with fellow officer Crystal Griner.
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) October 7, 2017
In addition to that honor, Bailey also had thrown out the first pitch at the Congressional Baseball Game — the game Scalise and his team were practicing for when they were attacked.
Scalise gave a tribute of his own to David Bailey during his address to his House colleagues upon his return in September, thanking him for his service.
According to Independent Journal Review, Scalise stated:
“If anybody ever wondered why we’re assigned security detail, I surely found out that day. Let me tell you, I want to specifically mention Crystal Griner and David Bailey. Crystal and David were assigned to my security detail that morning, and day in and day out they are part of our family. Crystal couldn’t be with us today, but David Bailey is with us. David, you are my hero. You saved my life. Thank you so much. I also thank — owe thanks to a lot of people on the field with me.”
It is a miracle that both of these men survived, and truly one honor for us, the American public, to be able to witness both of them on the field together last Friday.
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