WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Officer Scott Williams, who came face-to-face with the Navy Yard shooter and survived, was embraced by applause outside Kelly's Irish Times in Northwest Washington Saturday night.
Williams, a D.C. police officer, was overwhelmed as he faced the Renegade Pigs, fellow officers who organized a fundraiser for him.
"That's all I can say is thank you for the support. Thanks a lot," Williams said.
His right leg is now replaced with a titanium rod after a gunshot shattered the femur. A second shot to the left leg chipped the femur.
Williams has had three surgeries, a month's stay at MedStar Washington, and spent three weeks at Walter Reed.
The Renegade Pigs came from several departments in Virginia to help.
"Basically it comes down to why we want to help. It's the thin blue line," says Officer Pam Williams of Fairfax County.
Officer Heather Munsterman of Manassas was in Williams' shoes. She benefited from a fundraiser after her ankle and pelvis were shattered by a texting driver in July.
"All these guys doing the fundraiser for him came out for me. That's what we do. We're a tight knit group," Munsterman says.
The Renegade Pigs also turned out for Officer Sean Hickman, a D.C. policeman who was left without ambulance help for 20 minutes back in March after being run down by a driver.
"It's good for support. Its good for the officer to know that people are there for you."
And while a crutch is his support, Williams has overcome to smile and walk again.
"These guys are great. They've been great. Everybody has," he says. "So thanks. That's all I can say."
Williams anticipates at least one additional surgery.
The Renegade Pigs are in the process of setting up a website that will allow the public to donate to Officer Williams' recovery.