Officer Hartnett throws out first Phillies pitch then proposes

Monday, April 11, 2016
VIDEO: Officer Hartnett proposes to girlfriend
Officer Hartnett proposes to his girlfriend after throwing out the first pitch.

A Philadelphia police officer who survived an ambush in his patrol car in January had a special role in the Phillies home opener.

Jesse Hartnett was shot in his left arm, which was still in a sling, as he threw out one of the ceremonial first pitches Monday afternoon.

He received a standing ovation.

Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett throws out a ceremonial pitch ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies home opening day baseball game against the San Diego Padres.

AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Hartnett then kept the crowd on their feet when he got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend Lilly

She said yes, and sealed the deal with a kiss.

Hartnett said he had been planning this for about a month.

"It was kind of thrilling. It's a once in a lifetime experience to go out there and I wanted to utilize that time as best that I could; it was wonderful," Hartnett told Action News.

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Villanova national champs Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu also threw out a first pitch.