A Pennsylvania state trooper who survived a deadly ambush outside his Poconos-area barracks witnessed President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address Tuesday.
U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) invited Trooper Alex Douglass to be his guest at the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C. Tuesday night.
"His bravery is an inspiration," said the first-term senator. "Trooper Douglass epitomizes the courage and self-sacrifice our law enforcement officers show every day, as they put themselves in harm’s way to protect us."
Douglass called Toomey's invite to U.S. Capitol "an honor."
"It is a one in a lifetime opportunity," said Douglass. "This is just another fine example of the community coming together after the tragic Blooming Grove incident. I feel privileged to represent the Pennsylvania State Police and all other law enforcement agencies in the country."
A sniper ambushed Douglass, a 10-year veteran of Pennsylvania State Police, and Cpl. Bryon Dickson outside the Blooming Grove barracks in September 2014. Dickson died, while Douglass suffered serious injuries that have required surgery including a hip replacement.
Eric Frein, who was captured in an abandoned airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt in the Poconos, is in Pike County Prison awaiting trial in connection with the shooting.
Douglass hasn't let his injuries hold him back, having completed the New York City Marathon this past fall. He continues physical therapy as he works toward returning to active duty.