TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Arizona Senator Jeff Flake was awarded the Pima County Sheriff's Citizen Medal for his heroic actions during a shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Washington D.C. June 14.
According to the award presentation, Senator Flake acted "without regard for his own safety, potentially exposing himself to further damage" as he helped Congressman Steve Scalise who was critically wounded by a high power rifle gunshot.
Flake talked about seeing dirt fly as the bullets hit the infield dirt next to the dugout where he was attending to a Congressional Aide who was shot in the leg.
He credited the Capitol Police for saving his life as he was helping others. Flake sees the events as endemic of what is going on the America right now.
"Why, why?" he asked. "Who could look at a field of middle aged members of Congress and see the enemy."
He said "it's an issue we have to deal with as a country."
But right now, Flake is dealing with other issues on the home front. He's been in a long running feud with the President of the United States for some time now.
"It's been a long summer, obviously," Flake said of the President's tweets which have called him "weak and toxic."
In what would be a departure from protocol, the President is expected to endorse his GOP primary opponent Kelli Ward.
"That's up to him," Flake said. "I have a race to run and I'm doing that."
Flake will not attend Trump's Phoenix rally, arguing it has nothing to do with his politics but the fact "it's a campaign rally, not an official event."
"I wouldn't read too much into that," he said.
Still, through it all Flake said "the President is always welcome in Arizona."
But he hopes there is no violence and emotions are held in check.
"I think the language we use, the rhetoric we use, obviously I'm a fierce partisan at times when we argue policy but it ought to end there," he said.