Trump Guests Include Tree of Life Shooting Survivor, Officer

PITTSBURGH (AP) -
Holocaust survivor Judah Samet, 80, will be among the guests sitting with first lady Melania Trump at the State of the Union address on Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed, File)

A Holocaust survivor who escaped the Pittsburgh congregation shooting and a police officer who was wounded responding to the massacre will be among the guests sitting with First Lady Melania Trump at the State of the Union address.

Judah Samet was late for services at the Congregation Tree of Life on Oct. 27. The 80-year-old, who survived the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, was just arriving, when a man told him there was gunfire inside.

He witnessed an officer exchange fire with accused shooter Robert Bowers.

Timothy Matson, a Pittsburgh police officer and SWAT team member, was shot multiple times while responding to the massacre. Eleven people were killed.

The two are among 13 guests selected to sit with the first lady.

Guests typically serve to highlight administration policies.