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D.C. Officer Shot in Both Legs During Navy Yard Shooting: "I'm Doing Much Better"

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    One of the first police officers to respond to the Washington Navy Yard during a mass shooting last September tells News4 he's on the road to healing. (Published Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014)

    A police officer shot in both legs while responding to the Washington Navy Yard during the mass shooting last September tells News4 he's on the road to healing.

    D.C. police officer Scott Williams and his partner, Emmanuel Smith, were two of the first officers to respond to the Navy Yard Building 197.

    Upon entering the building, the officers were caught in gunfire with Aaron Alexis, who fatally shot 12 people before killing himself

    "There's a whole lot that I remember and not much of it is good," Williams told News4's Mark Segraves.

    Williams sustained gunshot wounds in both legs. He was pulled to safety by Smith and two Navy special agents.

    "I remember by partners getting me out of there, I'd like to thank them," he said. "I'm doing much better."

    He hasn't been back to work since that September morning, and says that while he continues to collect his regular duty pay and his medical costs are covered, there are day-to-day costs with which he struggles.

    David Moseley, a fellow D.C. police officer, is president of the Renegade Pigs, a motorcycle club for cops. Moseley and the group helped raise $1,500 for Williams and presented him the check last week.

    "Somebody has to pay grass cutting, snow shoveling, all that good stuff," Moseley said. "That’s what we try to do -- make their lives a little more comfortable."

    The night he received the check, Williams was attending a fundraiser for another D.C. officer, who who was struck by an alleged drunk driver last year.