Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The Richland County deputy who's became part of an incident captured on TV that became the talk of the town got to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Wednesday's Columbia Fireflies game.
Deputy Chris Mastrianni took part in what was bill as "First Responders Night" at Spirit Communications Park. He joined a group of people that got to throw out the first pitch, including Sal Alia, the two-year-old son of Greg Alia, the Forest Acres who was killed in the line of duty in 2015.
While he's used to high pressure situations on the job and in front of a camera, Mastrianni admits he was a little stressed about this appearance in front of the public.
"I was a little worried," he said. "Guys at work were telling me not to bounce it. I was making sure I wasn't going to bounce it. It was a little high, but it didn't bounce."
Mastrianni is a member of the sheriff department's Community Action Team, but since the beginning, he has been one of the ones featured on the A&E show "Live PD." The program follows several police departments around the country while they're on patrol.
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Last weekend, Mastrianni got even more attention when he was involved in a dramatic incident following a police pursuit. The suspect got out his vehicle when it crashed with his two-year-old daughter with him. The supsect and Mastrianni struggled for a few seconds before the suspect put the girl down.
Since then Mastrianni says he's received an outpouring of support, and on Tuesday, the Fireflies asked him if he'd take part in First Responders Night.
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