WASHINGTON - The five officers who risked their lives protecting members of Congress during a baseball practice shooting in Virginia over the summer were honored Thursday.
Special Agent David Bailey, United States Capitol Police, Special Agent Crystal Griner, United States Capitol Police, Officer Nicole Battaglia, Alexandria Police Department, Officer Alexander Jensen, Alexandria Police Department, and Officer Kevin Jobe, Alexandria Police Department received U.S. Capitol Police Medals of Honor. The awards are the highest award granted by the department.
Democrat and Republican leaders, including Majority Whip Steve Scalise, addressed them during the ceremony.
The five officers who are to be honored were first on the scene during the shooting back on June 14. Scalise and four others were injured when a gunman opened fire on a Republican Congressional baseball team's practice at an Alexandria baseball field.
Last month, the officers were named officers of the year.