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Trump awards Medal of Valor to officers who responded to the congressional baseball shooting

President Trump on Thursday awarded the Medal of Valor to five officers who responded to the congressional baseball practice shooting on June 14. In a ceremony in the White House's East Room, Trump bestowed the award honoring public safety officers' bravery on Alexandria Police Department Officers Nicole Battaglia, Alexander Jensen, and Kevin Jobe and on Capitol Police Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey.

Griner and Bailey were among those injured after a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers gathered for a baseball practice. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), congressional staffer Zach Barth, and lobbyist Matt Mika were also injured; Scalise was discharged from the hospital Tuesday, six weeks after the incident.

A statement from Scalise was read at the ceremony, in which Scalise specifically thanked Griner and Bailey for saving his life. "Everyone who was at the ballpark that morning owes their lives to the selfless and brave actions of these heroes, and I cannot thank them enough," Scalise said in the statement.