RELEASE: Fleischmann Attends Medal of Valor Presentation for Congressional Baseball First Responders
Washington, D.C.— The morning of June 14, 2017 began in a light hearted manner as members of Congress, accompanied by staff, friends, and family practiced for the annual Congressional Baseball Game. Unfortunately, the practice soon took a turn for the worst. It is irrefutable that all police officers are heroes, but the series of events which occurred that morning reaffirmed this fact once more. United States Capitol Police Officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner as well as Alexandria Police Officers Kevin Jobe, Nicole Battaglia, and Alex Jensen acted with the utmost integrity, risking their lives in the line of duty.
Today, Officers Bailey, Griner, Jobe, Battaglia, and Jensen received the Medal of Valor from President Trump. I was fortunate to be invited to the ceremony by the President to honor the actions of these officers.
“It is the least we can do to award the Medal of Valor to these American heroes. In the heat of the moment, their insurmountable bravery serves as a true example of patriotism. I would like to extend my most sincere gratitude for their courageous actions that fateful morning. I would also like to thank the staff at MedStar Washington Hospital Center for their expertise and compassion in caring for the victims of this horrific event. Finally, I would like to offer my continued prayers for Representative Scalise and others who are still fighting to recover from their injuries.”