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July 27, 2017 Medal of Valor Awardees

Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor
Description

Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey (United States Capitol Police), and Officers Nichole Battaglia, Alex Jensen and Kevin Jobe (Alexandria Police Department, VA) are being honored with the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor for their heroic and extraordinary services during a shooting in Alexandria, Virginia on June 14th, 2017.

 

Special Agent Crystal Griner (U.S. Capital Police, District of Columbia) For bravery and composure while engaged in an active shooter incident. Despite being shot, Special Agent Griner placed herself in mortal danger to save the lives of Members of Congress, attending family members, and congressional staff during a charity softball practice at Eugene Simpson Memorial Park in Alexandria, Virginia.

Special Agent David Bailey (U.S. Capital Police, District of Columbia) For taking brave and decisive action to subdue an active shooter. Special Agent Bailey was shot during the exchange of gunfire, but continued to advance the shooter without benefit of cover until the active shooter was subdued, saving the lives of Members of Congress, attending family members, and congressional staff.

Officer Nicole Battaglia (Alexandria Police Department, Virginia) For demonstrating extraordinary courage in saving the lives of two U.S. Capital Police officers, Members of Congress, their families, and congressional staff. Officer Battaglia engaged the assailant, exchanging gunfire at close range and ultimately neutralizing him.

Officer Alex Jensen (Alexandria Police Department, Virginia) For swift and valiant action in responding to an active shooter. Officer Jensen put himself in harm’s way during the active shooter incident, moving without cover and drawing fire from the assailant until the assailant was subdued and the safety of the Members of Congress, their families, and congressional staff was ensured. 

Officer Kevin Jobe (Alexandria Police Department, Virginia) For placing himself in grave danger to protect two U.S. Capital Police officers, Members of Congress, their families, and congressional staff, Officer Jobe engaged an active shooter, neutralizing a volatile gunman, and preventing further injuries to innocent bystanders in the park.