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Steve Scalise Pays Homage To The Police Who Saved His Life At Congressional Baseball Practice

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Molly Prince Politics Reporter

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise revealed Wednesday that he is wearing a Capitol Police hat in honor of the two agents who were instrumental in stopping the shooting that occurred during a practice before the 2017 Congressional Baseball Game.

“David Bailey and Crystal Griner were my security detail that morning, my team leads,” Scalise said on “Fox and Friends.” “I’m wearing the Capitol Police hat in their honor. They sacrificed, both of them got hit in the shootout, kept going at it and took the shooter down.”

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“They’re back, they’re both going to be here tonight,” he continued. “It’s special to have them back out again.”

Scalise was notably the subject of an assassination attempt after James Hodgkinson, a left-wing activist, opened fire while Republicans were practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game in June 2017. He was shot in the hip and gravely injured during the attack.

“It’s been quite a road, I feel great,” Scalise said. “I can definitely feel how much better I am now especially than last year. I was very limited in my mobility last year, but lucky to be alive, still lucky to be alive but able to move around a whole lot better.”

Griner and Bailey rushed onto the field after Hodgkinson opened fire. Griner was shot in the ankle and Bailey sustained a minor injury while protecting the congressmen and other civilians. (RELATED: Steve Scalise Says Democrats Wouldn’t Allow Him To Testify At House Gun Violence Hearing)

“By the end of the year, hopefully I’m going to be able to ditch the crutches altogether. I still need to use them for long distances, but again, God’s performing miracles and I just keep getting better.”

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