FILE – In this Aug. 27, 2018 file photo, house majority whip U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., reminiscent of the prayers, which he received after being shot in a congressional baseball practice in Virginia in the year 2017, during a press availability in Jackson, Miss. Scalise says he still struggles to forgive the man who injured him and four others at a congressional baseball practice almost two years ago. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Republicans-Rep. Steve Scalise, praised the Capitol police officers Crystal Griner, and David Bailey during the Congressional baseball practice on Wednesday for help, to save him from a nearly fatal shooting two years ago in Virginia.
“For me, I have to be honest. The things I think about most when I think about 14. June-it is the hero. I don’t think about the guy who started all this,” he told reporters.
“Because none of us would be here if it were not for the heroes — and the miracle. I mean, you all know what will happen, for miracles, but if it were not for the United States Capitol police, many of us wouldn’t be here.”
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Scalise was shot in the hip by gunman James Hodgkinson on June 14, 2017, after the fire on several Federal legislators on a Virginia baseball field. Hodgkinson was later, Capitol police shot and killed.
Scalise endured a long recovery and required surgery to repair some of the damage to the hip, but has always maintained a positive attitude and publicly thanked God protects him. He also heaped praise on the officers who saved his life and said, you have the entire law enforcement authorities proud.
“I just want to say I am so proud of Crystal and David, to know all the Details, I can get to, like a family-the family, look over there-but you also have a job to do. And it is a job that allows us to do just what we do, without thinking about the protection, because they are the ones to think about,” he said.
“If you don’t risk out there, the day, and your life-I mean, y’ all can be proud to know that the best of law enforcement authorities has been on display to this day,” Scalise continued.
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“They make not only the United States Capitol police proud of it, but every man and woman with a badge and goes, and the risk of life to protect, the communities can be proud of, to know, that on this day, the Capitol police were the epitome of what is great about the law enforcement. Because you went and risked their lives, and saw a shooter, had a lot more ammo-a lot of fire power but you don’t have the determination and the skill and well-educated determination of these people, who looked at him from below and said, ‘We will not back down. We are going to go actually.’ And we wouldn’t be here if not for y’all.”
Scalise concluded, and thanked the officers for their service and said he is proud to see you back in action.
“All law enforcement made proudly in the all over the country to this day. And I thank you. Thank you for your service, thanks for your willingness to sacrifice, and [I’m] glad you’re back. Both of you are again wearing this uniform,” he said.
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Fox News reached Scalise’s office for comment and they confirmed that he is participating in this year’s game on the 26. and “in the hope of getting back his starting spot at second base.”