Orlando Police Officer Adam Gruler —the first officer at the scene of the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre — will join Rep. Val Demings as a guest to the State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Gruler, a 17-year veteran of the force, was working security at the club and was the first officer to encounter the gunman that morning. He’ll be joined by his wife Jaimi, a teacher.

Demings, who has known Gruler since her time as Orlando’s police chief, in a statement said she is “deeply proud of the courage he showed” during the mass shooting at Pulse, which claimed 49 lives June 12, 2016, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

 

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