Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman should be awarded Congressional Gold Medal, lawmakers say in resolution

Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman should be awarded Congressional Gold Medal, lawmakers say in resolution

Members
of
the
House
are
looking
to
honor
Capitol
Police
Officer

Eugene
Goodman
with
a
Congressional
Gold
Medal
for
his
efforts
during
the

riot
on
Jan. 6.

A
new
bipartisan
resolution
proposes
awarding Goodman
for
drawing
the
attention
of
a
group
of
protesters
who
had
entered
the
Capitol
building
and
leading
them
away
from
the
Senate
chambers
and
toward other
officers.
The
incident
was
captured
on
video
by
Huffington
Post
reporter
Igor
Bobic.


CHICAGO
MAN
BUSTED
IN
CAPITOL
RIOT
ADMITS
TO
FEDS:
‘WOW,
YOU’RE
PRETTY
GOOD,’
PAPERS
SHOW

“Officer
Eugene
Goodman’s
selfless
and
quick-thinking
actions
doubtlessly
saved
lives
and
bought
security
personnel
precious
time
to
secure
and
ultimately
evacuate
the
Senate
before
the
armed
mob
breached
the
Chamber,”
the

resolution
says.
“Amid a
shocking,
unpatriotic
attack
on the
Capitol,
Officer
Goodman’s
heroism
is
recognized not
only
from
members
of
Congress
and
staff
but also
from
the
American
people
they
represent.”

Members of the House are looking to honor Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman with a Congressional Gold Medal for his efforts during the riot on January 6. (screengrab @igorbobic)

Members
of
the
House
are
looking
to
honor
Capitol
Police
Officer
Eugene
Goodman
with
a
Congressional
Gold
Medal
for
his
efforts
during
the
riot
on
January
6.
(screengrab
@igorbobic)

The
resolution
was
introduced
on
Wednesday
by
Rep.
Charlie
Crist,
D-Fla.,
who
lauded
Goodman’s
bravery
and
strategy.


VIRGINIA
OFF-DUTY
COPS
WHO
SNAPPED
SELFIE
INSIDE
CAPITOL
CHARGED

“He’s
a
hero!”
Crist
said
in
a
statement.
“The
United
States
Capitol
was
under
attack
by
armed,
violent
extremists,
and
Officer
Eugene
Goodman
was
the
only
thing
standing
between
the
mob
and
the
United
States
Senate.
I
shudder
to
think
what
might
have
happened
had
it
not
been
for
Officer
Goodman’s
fast
thinking
and
commitment
to
his
duty
and
his
country.
While
some
will
remember
last
Wednesday
for
the
very
worst
in
our
country,
the
patriotism
and
heroics
of
Officer
Eugene
Goodman
renew
my
faith
and
remind
us
all
what
truly
makes
the
United
States
great.”


((screengrab
@igorbobic))

The
resolution
is
co-sponsored
by
Reps.
Nancy
Mace,
R-S.C.,
and
Emanuel
Cleaver,
D-Mo.

“The
actions
of
Officer
Goodman
were
heroic
and
represent
the
best
of
law
enforcement,”
Mace
said.
“Thanks
to
his
valor,
we
are
here
today.
From
the
bottom
of
my
heart,
I
cannot
thank
him
enough
for
his
bravery
and
for
his
dedication
to
the
call
of
duty.”

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“In
moments
of
crisis,
there
are
always
individuals
who
rise
to
the
occasion
and
put
themselves
in
harm’s
way
in
defense
of
others.
On
Jan. 6,
2021,
one
of
those
individuals
was
Officer
Eugene
Goodman,”
Cleaver
said.

Prior
to
joining
the
Capitol
Police,
Goodman
was
part
of
the
XVIII
Airborne
Corps
and
he
is
an
Iraq
combat
veteran.
After
learning
of
his
actions,
the
corps
said
he
“is
rightfully
being
hailed
as
a
hero,”
and
“was
a
hero
long
before
last
Wednesday.”

(screengrab @igorbobic)

(screengrab
@igorbobic)

According
to
the
website
of
the
House
of
Representatives,
the
Congressional
Gold
Medal
is
Congress’
“highest
expression
of
national
appreciation
for
distinguished
achievements
and
contributions.” All
Congressional
Gold
Medal
legislation
must
be
co-sponsored
by
at
least
two-thirds
of
the
members
of
the
House
and
sponsored
by
at
least
67
senators.

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