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Injured Capitol Hill Police officer David Bailey, center, holds his hand over his heart during the National Anthem with U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa, far right, before the Congressional baseball game, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Washington. The annual GOP-Democrats baseball game raises money for charity. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Capitol Police officers who responded to Alexandria ballpark shooting hailed as heroes in ceremony



The two Capitol Police officers credited with stopping last month's ballpark shooting in Alexandria where a group of GOP members were practicing for an annual congressional game were honored on Tuesday in a D.C. ceremony, affiliate WJLA reported.

Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey were both wounded when James Hodgkinson, a politically disenchanted 66-year-old man, opened fire on congressional members at Simpson Park baseball field, located in a suburb of Washington, D.C. The suspected gunman died after an exchange of fire with Alexandria and United States Capitol Police. The special agents were there to protect the third top Republican, Majority Whip Steven Scalise, and returned fire, hitting Hodgkinson.

"I'm greatly honored to be here. Thank you."
Special Agent David Bailey

The D.C. society "Sons of the American Revolution" paid tribute to the honorable actions taken by the special agents by presenting them with an award of service.

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