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Senate votes to give Eugene Goodman the Congressional Medal of Honor

The hero who saved multiple Senators during the riots at the Capitol on Jan. 6 will receive the highest civilian honor awarded by Congress.

Eugene Goodman Branden Bell for the New York Times

Just a little over a month ago, Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman was steering the rioters at the Capitol building away from the Senate chambers and even directed Senator Mitt Romney away from the wild insurrectionists. Now Goodman is set to receive the highest civilian honor awarded by Congress.

On Friday (Feb. 12), the Senate unanimously voted to grant the hero of the Capitol riots with the Congressional Medal of Honor. According to USA Today, Goodman was actually in the Senate chambers when the vote took place. The vote occurred after the question-and-answer portion of former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial.

“The world has learned about the incredible, incredible bravery of officer Goodman on that fateful day,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said after the vote. “[Goodman’s] courage in the line of duty, his foresight in the midst of chaos, his willingness to make himself a target of the mob rage so that others might reach safety.”

Goodman has been with the Capitol Police Department since 2009. Prior to that, he served in the army as an infantryman for four years before he left the service as a sergeant in December 2006.

Along with Goodman, the other police officers who assisted in protecting the Capitol will also receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. In a Dear Colleague letter that was sent out earlier this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi uplifted the officers of the D.C. Metro Police and the U.S. Capitol Police for their ultimate bravery during the riots.

“The outstanding heroism and patriotism of our heroes ... demand our deepest appreciation. ... We must never forget the sacrifice of Officer Brian Sicknick, Officer Howard Liebengood, MDP Officer Jeffrey Smith and the more than 50 USCP who sustained serious injuries, or the courage of the heroes such as Officer Eugene Goodman,” Pelosi wrote.

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