On Wednesday, June 14th a group of Republican lawmakers were practicing in a quiet Alexandria, Virginia neighborhood for the annual Congressional baseball charity game when things took a scary turn as a lone gunman attacked them. Five people were injured, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. Officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey with the U.S. Capitol Police were both hurt while defending the congressman and other guests at the practice. WGTS 91.9 listeners joined together to show support for the Capitol Police by signing a gigantic card created by the station that reads “The WGTS 91.9 Family is Praying for You.” Hundreds of listeners went out of their way to come to Alexandria to share messages of thanks and appreciation for the police department.
One listener named Laura said the shooting happened in her neighborhood. She said she was looking for a way to show support and this was the perfect opportunity to do it. WGTS works to bring the community together through its “Hands and Heart Initiative” which seeks to connect people with each other to impact their local cities. This card was part of that ongoing outreach.
“Whenever something tragic happens, it’s easy for us to feel helpless. WGTS is blessed to be in a unique position to provide a platform where our community can show how grateful they are for our police officers. I think that’s why listeners have responded so powerfully to the invitation to show their support for the U.S. Capitol Police,” said general manager Kevin Krueger.
Station staff members are taking the card to another location and urging online listeners to send messages of support online before the card is dropped off with the Capitol Police next week.