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Officer who fended off Capitol mob escorts Kamala Harris to inauguration

Goodman was named Deputy Honorary Sergeant on Inauguration Day.

Allie Yang |

January 20, 2021, 4:53 p.m.

4 min read

On Wednesday, he helped with the peaceful transfer of power that these protesters opposed and went to the 59th inauguration ceremony with Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, soon to be second gentleman Doug Emhoff.

Goodman was also named Deputy Honorary Sergeant for Arms on Inauguration Day.

On January 6, Goodman led the mob on a chase to distract them from the unguarded Senate chambers, where senators, staff and reporters took refuge.

PHOTO: Vice President-elect Kamala Harris arrives for the inauguration with officer Eugene Goodman on the left and Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on the Western Front of the Capitol in Washington on January 20, 2021.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris arrives on the Western Front of the Capitol in Washington on January 20, 2021 with officer Eugene Goodman on the left and Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States.

Legislators tabled a bill last week to honor Goodman with the Congressional Gold Medal for “his bravery and quick thinking.”

Reps Emanuel Cleaver from Missouri, Charlie Crist from Florida and Nancy Mace from South Carolina introduced the bill on Thursday.

PHOTO: Officer named Assistant Sergeant in Arms of the Capitol Police, Eugene Goodman arrives for the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on the Western Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on January 20, 2021.

Officer Eugene Goodman, named deputy sergeant in arms of the Capitol Police, arrives for the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on the Western Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on January 20, 2021.

“Officer Eugene Goodman was the only thing standing between the mob and the United States Senate,” said Crist. “I shudder at the thought of what could have happened if Officer Goodman hadn’t thought quickly and committed himself to his duty and his country.”

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