Congressman Williams and Zack Barth Receive Medal of Merit at USCP Ceremony
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who is coach of the Republican Congressional Baseball Team and sustained an injury during the shooting on June 14, received the Medal of Merit award from United States Capitol Police (USCP) Chief Matthew Verderosa on behalf of the Republican Baseball team.
Zack Barth, legislative assistant for Williams, who was shot in the leg that day, was also awarded with the Medal of Merit for his courage and bravery.
“As coach of the Republican Baseball Team, I am humbled to have received this recognition on behalf of all of my teammates. June 14 is a day none of us will ever forget, and in that moment, we became bonded as brothers for a lifetime,” said Rep. Roger Williams. “However, without the brave heroism from USCP Special Agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and Alexandria Police Department Officers Nicole Battaglia, Alexander Jensen and Kevin Jobe, I probably would not be here today to accept this award. The entire team is extremely grateful for their valor that day and these officers will always hold a special place in my heart.”
“The Lord was with all of us on June 14th and I am blessed to be alive. These brave officers put their lives on the line in a moment of crisis and without them, I would not be here today,” said Zack Barth. “I am honored to join my baseball family and Matt Mika in receiving this award and I am eternally grateful for the heroism displayed that day.”
The USCP Special Agents and Alexandria PD officers were all awarded with the Medal of Honor – the USCP’s highest award – for carrying out their duties on June 14 with bravery, and the courage to risk their own lives in order to selflessly save others.
“These officers are more than deserving of this award of highest honor from the USCP. These heroes committed their lives to protecting others, and stepped towards danger when they could have easily taken a step back,” said Rep. Williams. “Their fearlessness speaks volumes about their character, and I could not be more proud to know them and have them on the ground protecting Americans.”
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