After receiving a hero’s welcome, a Philadelphia Police officer praised for chasing down a gunman who ambushed him three months ago threw out the first pitch during the Phillies home opener Monday and then proposed to his girlfriend.
The crowd cheered as Officer Jesse Hartnett walked to the mound and threw out the first pitch at Citizens Bank Park around 3 p.m. Monday, before the Phillies took the field to face the San Diego Padres. Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz shook Hartnett’s hand and the two posed for a picture. The Phillie Phanatic gave Hartnett a high-five and posed for a photo with him as well.
Hartnett’s moment in front of the crowd didn’t end there. As his girlfriend greeted him on the field, Hartnett pulled a ring out of his sling, bent down on one knee and proposed to her. Much to the delight of Hartnett and the crowd, she said yes. The two embraced and kissed as the fans cheered.
Hartnett, 33, spent two weeks in the hospital after he was shot three times in the arm during an ambush attack in January. Edward Archer, 30, faces attempted murder and other charges in the ambush-style shooting. Archer's attorney said he may have mental health problems.
Despite being shot, Hartnett returned fire and helped capture Archer, police said.