KPTV FOX Channel 12: Officer throws out first pitch

By KPTV Staff

A Beaverton Police Department officer who was shot in the line of duty was honored by local families for his service to the community.

Officer Scott Burke threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the season for the South Beaverton Girls Little League.

The league invited Burke to toss the first softball of the season as a “thank you” for all he’s done as a Beaverton police officer.

In July 2015, Burke was shot when a suspect opened fire on officers responding to a disturbance in a mobile home park on Southwest Denney Road.

Burke, a 20-year veteran of the force, was seriously injured in the shooting.

Burke had to spend plenty of time in the hospital, but he still maintains a positive attitude.

“I had to have some surgery done on my face, some surgery done on my hand after the fact and I have a lot of pellets in my body that I didn’t have before… but other than that I’m great,” he said with a smile.

Burke was presented with a plaque from the South Beaverton Girls Little League that proclaimed him a “Hometown Hero.”

It was the first time the league had given out such an award.

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