DC first responders get some Nats swag in appreciation for their work

Members of agencies keeping D.C. safe got some swag courtesy of the 2019 World Series champions the Washington Nationals.

The team donated World Series Champion branded gear and apparel to D.C. police, Fire and EMS and other public safety agencies to thank them for their work throughout the COVID-19 health emergency and their actions during the Capitol riot last month.

“The Nationals helped make us the District of Champions. Now, we’re working together to ensure we are the District of Comebacks,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement. She added that she can’t wait to be back at Nationals Park celebrating together again.

Nationals’ managing principal owner Mark Lerner said that he hopes the first responders would wear the gear with pride.

“We are forever indebted to you for your extraordinary service over the past 10 months,” Lerner said.

The free merchandise comes after the District announced discounts and deals for troops who helped secure the U.S. Capitol after the riot.

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A Washington Nationals fan awaits the start of the parade on Constitution Avenue, beneath a behemoth American flag hoisted by two D.C. fire engines. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)
A Washington Nationals fan awaits the start of the parade, beneath an American flag hoisted by two D.C. fire engines.

A Washington Nationals fan mocks the departure of Bryce Harper for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2018.

Nationals fans mingle along Constitution Avenue an hour prior to the beginning of the parade on a cold but sunny fall afternoon in downtown D.C. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)
Nationals fans mingle along Constitution Avenue on a cold, but sunny fall afternoon in downtown D.C.

Nationals fans mingle along Constitution Avenue an hour prior to the beginning of the parade on a cold but sunny fall afternoon in downtown D.C. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)
Nationals fans mingle along Constitution Avenue on a cold, but sunny fall afternoon in downtown D.C.

Nationals fans cheer the beginning the team's first-ever victory parade for a World Series title. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)
Nationals fans cheer the team’s first-ever victory parade for a World Series title.

A Nationals fan sits atop a sign for the Smithsonian Museum of American History on Constitution Avenue. Fans mounted signs, ledges, power boxes and, on occassion, climbed street lights for a view above the dense crowd. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)
A Nationals fan sits atop a sign for the Smithsonian Museum of American History on Constitution Avenue. Fans mounted signs, ledges, power boxes and, on occassion, climbed street lights for a view above the dense crowd.

Nationals fans cheer the passing of the Commissioner's Trophy along Constitution Avenue. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)
Nationals fans cheer the passing of the Commissioner’s Trophy along Constitution Avenue.

A group of children cheer the Nationals on their victory lap through Washington near the National Archives on Constitution Avenue. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)
A group of children cheer the Nationals on their victory lap through Washington, near the National Archives on Constitution Avenue.

Over the course of two hours, the Washington Nationals paraded down Constitution Avenue in a number of double-decker buses during a celebration of D.C.’s first World Series title in generations.

Nationals fans welcome the hometown heroes back to D.C. during their victory parade on Nov. 2, 2019.

A child waves his Nationals cap at passing players across the street from the National Archive.

With space near the barricades on Constitution Avenue virtually all taken, Nationals fans took to every available high spot for a view of their team.

Nationals fans gathered along Constitution Avenue between the Smithsonian Museum of American History and Federal Triangle.

Confetti covers the crowd gathered for the Washington Nationals parade celebrating their World Series victory over the Houston Astros on November 2, 2019 in Washington, D.C. This is the first World Series win for the Nationals in 95 years.

(Getty Images/Stefani Reynolds)
Fans watch players as they’re honored on stage at the Washington Nationals victory celebration.

A sea of red as fans gather in downtown D.C. for the Nats’ World Series parade.

Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, left, and manager Dave Martinez hold up the NLCS trophy, left, and World Series trophy before a parade to celebrate the team’s World Series baseball championship over the Houston Astros, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez, left, and general manager Mike Rizzo, right, pose with Sidney Walton, age 100, after showing him the World Series and NLCS trophies before a parade to celebrate the team’s World Series baseball championship over the Houston Astros, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Washington.

A sea of red as fans gather in downtown D.C. for the Nats’ World Series parade.

Washington Nationals left fielder Juan Soto, center, celebrates with teammates before a parade to celebrate the team’s World Series baseball championship over the Houston Astros, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Washington.

Washington Nationals second baseman Howie Kendrick gestures to fans before a parade to celebrate the team’s World Series baseball championship over the Houston Astros, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer signs autographs for fans before a parade to celebrate the team’s World Series baseball championship over the Houston Astros, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Washington.

It’s not a party on the mall until someone climbs a tree.

Some Nats fans are still holding a little bit of a grudge towards that whole Bryce Harper situation.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) arrives for a parade to celebrate the team’s World Series baseball championship over the Houston Astros, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Washington.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer waves to fans before a parade to celebrate the team’s World Series baseball championship over the Houston Astros, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Fans gather as the Washington Nationals hold a parade to celebrate their World Series victory over the Houston Astros on November 2, 2019 in Washington, DC. This is the first World Series win for the Nationals in 95 years.

Fans wait for the MLB Washington Nationals to celebrate the team’s World Series baseball championship over the Houston Astros, in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. The Washington Nationals are getting a hero’s welcome home from a city that had been thirsting for a World Series championship for nearly a century.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

A couple gets engaged as fans gather for the Washington Nationals parade to celebrate their World Series victory over the Houston Astros on November 2, 2019 in Washington, DC. This is the first World Series win for the Nationals in 95 years. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

Fans gather as the Washington Nationals hold a parade to celebrate their World Series victory over the Houston Astros on November 2, 2019 in Washington, DC. This is the first World Series win for the Nationals in 95 years. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

Fans gather as the Washington Nationals hold a parade to celebrate their World Series victory over the Houston Astros on November 2, 2019 in Washington, DC. This is the first World Series win for the Nationals in 95 years. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

Fans gather as the Washington Nationals hold a parade to celebrate their World Series victory over the Houston Astros on November 2, 2019 in Washington, DC. This is the first World Series win for the Nationals in 95 years. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

Will (in the baby shark costume) and family on the Orange Line train to the Nats parade.

People along the parade route ahead of Nats
Mark from Lake Ridge is happy to the Nationals finished the fight. Now he’s ready for the parade.

Fans of all ages turned out to celebrate their team’s incredible World Series victory.

The parade buses are all decked out for the Nats’ big day.

This lucky couple got engaged while at the Nats’ victory parade. Congrats from us at WTOP!

She said yes!

Maybe Baby Shark will be their wedding song.

Fans wait for the start of the MLB Washington Nationals celebration of the team’s World Series baseball championship over the Houston Astros, in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. The Washington Nationals are getting a hero’s welcome home from a city that had been thirsting for a World Series championship for nearly a century.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Crowds gather at 3rd and Pennsylvania Ave. ahead of the Nats’ parade.

Need a better view? Find a friend with strong shoulders.

People begin the search for a good spot before the parade kicks off at 2 p.m.

Amanda Gaffrey of Brambleton, Virginia, snaps selfies with her family ahead of the parade.

A young fan shows off her Nats pride while waiting for the parade to begin.

Grace and Cameron Gaffrey of Brambleton, Virginia, hold up #FightFinished signs.

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A Washington Nationals fan awaits the start of the parade on Constitution Avenue, beneath a behemoth American flag hoisted by two D.C. fire engines. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)
Nationals fans mingle along Constitution Avenue an hour prior to the beginning of the parade on a cold but sunny fall afternoon in downtown D.C. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)
Nationals fans mingle along Constitution Avenue an hour prior to the beginning of the parade on a cold but sunny fall afternoon in downtown D.C. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)
Nationals fans cheer the beginning the team's first-ever victory parade for a World Series title. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)
A Nationals fan sits atop a sign for the Smithsonian Museum of American History on Constitution Avenue. Fans mounted signs, ledges, power boxes and, on occassion, climbed street lights for a view above the dense crowd. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)
Nationals fans cheer the passing of the Commissioner's Trophy along Constitution Avenue. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)
A group of children cheer the Nationals on their victory lap through Washington near the National Archives on Constitution Avenue. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez)
People along the parade route ahead of Nats

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