Alexandria first responders honored at White House

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Three officers from the Alexandria Police Department were honored on July 27 for their response to a shooting at a Congressional baseball practice last month.

The officers each received the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor. President Trump himself presented the awards to officers Nicole Battaglia, Alexander Jensen, and Kevin Jobe. The president also recognized first responders who had responded to the shooting and were in the audience, including Alexandria 911 dispatchers, firefighters, police officers and sheriff’s deputies.

“Today, our nation honors these brave officers for their selfless actions to preserve human life. They are our heroes,” said Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg. “We are deeply grateful to them and to the many first responders who ran toward danger that morning and saved lives. We also salute the many thousands of their colleagues in public safety who stand guard and spring to action all across our country each and every day.”

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), who was badly injured in the shooting, was discharged from the hospital just yesterday. He was present at the ceremony honoring the officers, and released a statement congratulating them.

“David, Crystal, Nicole, Kevin, and Alexander all have families of their own, yet they courageously confronted and stopped the shooter. 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. “I would not be here today without the bravery of Crystal and David. They saved my life, and are my heroes.”