WASHINGTON — David Bailey was one of the Capitol Hill Police officers assigned to accompany House Majority Whip Steve Scalise on Wednesday morning. It was the last practice for Republicans before the annual Congressional Baseball Game.
Yet unknown to the politician-baseball players at the time, domestic terrorist James T. Hodgkinson had murderous plans. As a result, once he confirmed his targets, he began firing shots from a semi-automatic rifle at the players on the field. But Bailey stepped into the line of fire while others sought cover, reported CBSDC.
Consequently, Bailey was wounded in the ensuing gun battle, along with fellow officer, Crystal Griner. Nevertheless, they performed their duty and helped neutralize the threat. After a day of medical care, Bailey surprised tens of thousands of fans at Thursday night’s Congressional Baseball Game. Surprisingly, he walked onto the field with the aid of crutches to throw the first pitch.
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Handing one crutch to a fellow officer, he threw a ball handed to him by MLB executive and long-time New York Yankees manager Joe Torre.
David Bailey throwing out first pitch – YouTube video posted by PBS News Hour:
It was a stirring scene. Hence, the moment was hailed by many in attendance as “chilling,” “moving” and “touching.”
Well done David Bailey and Crystal Griner!
(Photo screenshot YouTube video)