- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Washington Nationals brought a hero to the mound before the first of their 81 regular season home games of the season.

Blaine Gaskill, the police officer who confronted the school shooter at Great Mills High School in St. Marys County, Maryland, threw the first pitch at the Nationals’ home opener against the New York Mets on Thursday.

Gaskill, a St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s deputy first class, reached the shooter after he shot 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey. When Gaskill confronted him, the shooter used his gun to shoot himself in the head just as Gaskill tried to shoot the gun out of his hand.

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Gaskill said he was “nervous but excited” to throw the pitch.

Great Mills High School resumed classes earlier this week.

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