Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman, who is being called a hero for driving crowds out of the Senate chambers on January 6, accompanied Kamala Harris to the presidential inauguration ceremony on Wednesday. He was there in his new role as Acting Deputy Sergeant at Arms.
Goodman has been held since images was released showing him alone with a crowd of Trump supporters, and putting himself at risk to lead the group out of the room where the politicians were trapped.
This moment in@igorbobicawesome images. In front of the officer, going up the stairs, there is a mass of rioters. The USCP officer looks to his left. Between those two chairs is the entrance to the Senate floor. He drew them to his right, away from their targets. pic.twitter.com/knjQQ4GZ0d
– Kristin Wilson (@kristin__wilson) January 10, 2021
Goodman’s role in today’s inauguration isn’t the only way he’s been recognized since the Capitol riots two weeks ago.
– Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) January 20, 2021
Bipartisan lawmakers introduced legislation last week to award him a Congressional Gold Medal.
By risking his own life and successfully driving the insurgents off the floor of the Senate Chamber, Officer Eugene Goodman fulfilled his duty to protect Congress with distinction, and with his actions, Officer Goodman left an indelible mark on history. American ”, the legislation state.
The medal is reserved for individuals who have made “distinguished achievements and contributions” to the United States.
Past Congressional Gold Medal winners include Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Dr. Christine Darden, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson for their contributions to NASA’s success in the Space Race. .
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