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Kudos to Capitol Police for protection

By Bonnie Thompson | Jun 22, 2017

To the editor:

Kudos to the Capitol Police officers who risked their lives to save the Republican congressman, staff and others who were practicing baseball for the annual Congressional Baseball Game last week.

I grew up on a farm north of Lockridge and was graduated from Fairfield High School in 1970 and from Southeast Community College in Burlington in 1971. At the tender age of 18, I got my dream job of being the receptionist for Congressman Fred Schwengel (who represented this district) and moved to Washington, DC (1971 - 1976).

That was during the infamous Watergate scandal but that’s another story. I lived in the Young Women’s Christian Home located across from the Senate Office Building. Both the Capitol police and metropolitan police force looked out for the 100 young women who lived there.

We had to sign in at numerous check-in points along the route through the tunnels between the Senate, Capitol and House office buildings. I befriended the Capitol police officers and they were very protective of me. If I worked really late at night, I sometimes called the Capitol police office and requested an escort. One of the officers would come to my office and he would walk me home.

One of my memories is not using the underground tunnels but walking outside for a couple of days. My phone rang and it was one of the officers asking if I was OK.

He hadn’t seen me and he had checked along the route and none of the other officers had seen me either. So he just wanted to check on me. That was very comforting to me.

When I was hospitalized, I called one of the officers at the House checkpoint I usually went through every day and told him I was in George Washington University hospital and would be there for a few days.

He called the next officer along my route and they spread the word that I was in the hospital. To my surprise, the next day Officer Singleton came to the hospital to visit me. Wow!

Twenty years after I left the Hill, my husband Richard and I went back to Washington, DC. As we were going down the escalator to the House checkpoint to ride the trolley to the Capitol, to my amazement, Officer Singleton was still working and he looked up and said, “Well, hi, Miss Bonnie. How are you? Glad to see you again.”

I was blown away that he remembered me and my name 20 years later. That’s the quality of the officers on the Hill protecting our Congressmen, Senators and staff. It’s heartening to me to know that 45 years later, these wonderful men and women are still on the job protecting and risking their lives to save others.

My thanks to the two officers who were there at the ballfield and who were able to prevent a massacre. May you have a speedy and complete recovery from your injuries.


– Bonnie Thompson, Fairfield

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