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VIDEO: Blunt Honors Heroic Efforts of U.S. Capitol Police & Local First Responders

June 14, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), co-chair of the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, spoke on the Senate floor to honor the heroic efforts of U.S. Capitol Police and local law enforcement officers who responded to the horrific shooting at a congressional baseball game practice in Alexandria, Virginia, this morning.

Following are key excerpts from Blunt’s Remarks:

“[W]e continue to pray for the swift recovery of those who were injured, for the caregivers who are helping them right now. … Every day when we come to the Capitol grounds, the first person that I see is almost always a member of the Capitol Police. No matter how late it is when I leave at night, the last person I see is almost always a member of the Capitol Police. They have a hard job to do. They do it with the highest level of professionalism and dedication. Their families see them leave for work at whatever time of the day their assignment has them leaving for work hopeful that the person they love comes home. That counts for all our law enforcement officers all over the country - the law enforcement officers, other first responders, who rush into dangerous situations not knowing what could be there.” …

“No act of violence, no matter how evil or senseless, will ever come close to shaking the foundations of our democracy. But we are always brought, at moments like this, to the important recognition that we're Americans first. That's why our country will always be a beacon of freedom. But the things we debate every day are not nearly as big or powerful as the things that unite us every day. And moments like this bring that sense of unity and concern and commitment to maintain a society that is free and secure, and a greater appreciation for those who spend all day every working day with that as their principle obligation, and we owe them a great debt of gratitude.”

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