Heroes among us.

Senator Orrin Hatch
2017-06-18 11:49:41
Dear Friend, This week, our nation witnessed a tragedy when an active shooter—with evil intentions and malice in his heart—opened fire on Members of Congress at a morning practice for the Congressional Baseball Game. Injured in the incident were congressional staff, two Capitol Police officers, and a dear friend, Representative Steve Scalise, who is currently hospitalized and in critical condition. I shudder to think what may have happened Wednesday morning were it not for the quick action taken by Representative Scalise’s security detail. These courageous special agents returned fire to apprehend the perpetrator of this senseless and appalling act of violence.  Through their heroic actions, they prevented a massacre, saving the lives of dozens of elected Members of Congress and congressional staff. Video Via Facebook Today, I wish to pay special tribute to these humble heroes. And in doing so, I would also like to recognize the 23 members of my own security detail who work around the clock to keep Elaine and me safe.  In all my years of public service, these are among the most honorable men and women I have ever worked with. Whether in Utah or in the Capitol, you’ve probably seen these police officers walking by my side; wherever I go, they go. They are like family to me, and over the past two and a half years, I’ve built a special bond with each of them. Elaine and I love each of these special agents dearly, and we love their families too. Scripture tell us, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” That these special agents are willing to put their lives on the line to protect others speaks to their selflessness, their bravery, and their love of country. As Members of Congress we stand united in the aftermath of Wednesday’s attack. And thanks to our brave Capitol Police officers, we also stand protected from those who would do us harm. Today, I would like to thank the men and women of my security detail and also recognize the thousands of police officers across our state who make tremendous sacrifices to keep us safe. Sincerely,   Orrin

Dear Friend,

This week, our nation witnessed a tragedy when an active shooter—with evil intentions and malice in his heart—opened fire on Members of Congress at a morning practice for the Congressional Baseball Game. Injured in the incident were congressional staff, two Capitol Police officers, and a dear friend, Representative Steve Scalise, who is currently hospitalized and in critical condition.

I shudder to think what may have happened Wednesday morning were it not for the quick action taken by Representative Scalise’s security detail. These courageous special agents returned fire to apprehend the perpetrator of this senseless and appalling act of violence.  Through their heroic actions, they prevented a massacre, saving the lives of dozens of elected Members of Congress and congressional staff.

Today, I wish to pay special tribute to these humble heroes. And in doing so, I would also like to recognize the 23 members of my own security detail who work around the clock to keep Elaine and me safe.  In all my years of public service, these are among the most honorable men and women I have ever worked with.

Whether in Utah or in the Capitol, you’ve probably seen these police officers walking by my side; wherever I go, they go. They are like family to me, and over the past two and a half years, I’ve built a special bond with each of them.

Elaine and I love each of these special agents dearly, and we love their families too. Scripture tell us, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” That these special agents are willing to put their lives on the line to protect others speaks to their selflessness, their bravery, and their love of country.

As Members of Congress we stand united in the aftermath of Wednesday’s attack. And thanks to our brave Capitol Police officers, we also stand protected from those who would do us harm. Today, I would like to thank the men and women of my security detail and also recognize the thousands of police officers across our state who make tremendous sacrifices to keep us safe.

Sincerely,

 

Orrin

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