PITTSBURGH - Two men who were at the Tree of Life synagogue shooting will be attending the State of the Union address delivered by President Donald Trump on Feb. 5.
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One, Judah Samet, was just arriving to the temple when he heard the shooting. Samet, who told Channel 11 he was uncharacteristically late on the day of the shooting, is also a Holocaust survivor.
"I think it's one of the greatest privileges an American can have because you are coming to your house. This house belongs to us," Samet told Channel 11's Aaron Martin from Washington on the day of the address.
NEW: Tree of Life shooting survivor Judah Samet has been invited to be a guest of President Trump's at the State of the Union address. I spoke to Samet (who is also a Holocaust survivor) last month about his experienceshttps://t.co/eIE2ceByji— Aaron Martin (@WPXIAaronMartin) January 23, 2019
Also in attendance will be Pittsburgh Police Officer Tim Matson.
Matson was one of the responding officers and was shot several times when in an exchange of gunfire with the shooter.
"To me he's a hero. He's lucky to be alive, he's very gentle. I saw him today standing up by himself and I was very, very happy," Samet said.
After several months in the hospital undergoing treatment, Matson was just recently released.
#BREAKING: Pittsburgh Police Officer Tim Matson will be at the State of the Union address tomorrow in Washington. Matson was shot several times responding to the Tree of Life shooting in October and was just recently released from the hospital pic.twitter.com/lgtoLKoY68— Aaron Martin (@WPXIAaronMartin) February 4, 2019
President Trump will deliver his State of the Union address at 9 p.m. Tuesday. You will be able to watch it LIVE on Channel 11 News and in the WPXI Now streaming apps.
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