*Capitol police officer Eugene Goodman was hailed a hero for diverting a pro-Trump mob of right-wing extremists away from the Senate chamber during the terrorist attack on the Capitol building earleir ths month.
In honor of his bravery, Goodman was named Acting Deputy Sergeant-at-Arms for the course of Joe Biden’s inauguration, which saw him escort Vice President Kamala Harris throughout the ceremony.
According to Complex, lawmakers have also introduced legislation that would reward him with a Congressional Gold Medal for his actions.
Capitol police officer Eugene Goodman, who singlehandedly diverted a mob from the Senate chamber during the Capitol attack, escorted VP-elect Kamala Harris to the #Inauguration.pic.twitter.com/NRolPSwsVO
— AJ+ (@ajplus) January 20, 2021
We previously reported, in footage from the attack, Goodman is seen confronting a crowd of rioters after they stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6. The quick-thinking officer led the angry mob away from a hallway leading to the Senate chamber on the second floor, where politicians and staffers were evacuating.
Goodman’s actions gave police time to lock the doors to the Senate chamber.
“Officer Eugene Goodman stood between a mob of rioters and the unguarded United States Senate,” Pennsylvania Senator Sharif Street tweeted. “His judgement and quick thinking led them in the opposite direction, saving the lives of Senators and quite literally an institution of democracy itself.”
Officer Eugene Goodman is escorting Kamala Harris today. You may remember his brave heroics during the January 6th insurrection.pic.twitter.com/MRHrUbOHh6
— The Recount (@therecount) January 20, 2021
“As Trump’s fascist mob ransacked the US Capitol, this brave USCP officer kept murderous rioters away from the Senate chamber and saved the lives of those inside. God bless him for his courage,” U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell tweeted.
We previously reportedly, US Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund announced his resignation in wake of the deadly Stop the Steal riots.