Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff were joined by Eugene Goodman at the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday. The Capitol Police officer was hailed as a hero for single-handedly leading the mob that broke into the Capitol two weeks ago from the Senate Chamber.
According to an official announcement at the ceremony, Goodman was also promoted to deputy senate sergeant, one of the most prominent positions in the Capitol Hill security forces.
Goodman was commended for facing a crowd of Donald Trump supporters who broke into the Capitol on Jan. 6 to halt certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
As the mob pushed down the locked doors to the Senate Chamber, which presumably had not yet evacuated all members of Congress, Goodman intercepted the crowd.
He hired the leaders of the group and, as they pushed forward, pulled himself down an adjoining hallway to lead the mob away from the chamber. In a photo of the moment captured by a journalist, Goodman, wearing a mask and gloves, points at the crowd and calls for them to retreat.
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Elsewhere in the Capitol that day, insurgents beat another officer to death and dozens of officers were injured. In the weeks since the incursion, evidence has emerged that some insurgents had serious intentions to harm or kidnap lawmakers.
Members of Congress from both parties have urged Goodman to receive a Congressional gold medal. The decoration was traditionally used to recognize members of the military for their outstanding service.