ON Jan. 6, 2021, rioters enraged by Donald Trump’s defeat in the 2020 presidential election marched on the US Capitol, demanding that Congress overturn the results, then invaded the building. 

The resulting attacks claimed the lives of five individuals, but the number might have been higher if Officer Eugene Goodman hadn’t intervened.

Eugene Goodman used to serve in the army

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Eugene Goodman used to serve in the army

Who is Officer Eugene Goodman?

Before he was known for saving the lives of many on January 6, 2021, Goodman grew up in the southeast neighborhood of Washington, D.C., where he was born in 1980. 

He served in the US Army from 2002 to 2006, including action with the 101st Airborne Division during the Iraq War. 

Goodman oversaw a 10-man squad in the Sunni triangle area of Iraq in 2005, conducting patrols and identifying improvised explosive devices before they were detonated as a sergeant. 

Members of his team described him as “calm, cool, and collected.” 

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Goodman joined the Capitol Police in 2009 after leaving the military in 2006.

How did Eugene Goodman save people in the 2021 Capitol insurrection?

When Donald Trump supporters broke into the US Capitol building on January 6, 2021, Goodman found himself as the lone officer standing between a big gathering of rioters and the Senate chamber, which had not yet been evacuated, while the insurgents pushed their way through the structure. 

Goodman enticed the crowd to follow him away from the chamber, preventing a considerably more heated conflict between the rioters and the officers guarding the unarmed senators and their aides.

He was commended for his heroism for baiting and directing the mob away from the chamber. 

Millions of people saw videos of Goodman’s actions during the insurrection, and he became a symbol of rationality and public duty at a time when American democracy was at its lowest point. 

Goodman, who has mostly avoided public attention, said he would “do the same thing again” after the Senate unanimously awarded him the Congressional Gold Medal.

Goodman saved the lives of many on January 6, 2021

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Goodman saved the lives of many on January 6, 2021Credit: Getty Images – Getty

Has Eugene Goodman had any honors presented to him since his efforts during the insurrection?

Jaime Harrison and others demanded that Goodman be awarded the aforementioned Congressional Gold Medal after the Capitol attack.

Representatives Charlie Crist (D-FL), Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), and Nancy Mace (R-SC) submitted a bipartisan resolution to award the medal to Goodman on January 13, 2021.

Rep. Cleaver, the original co-sponsor of the bill, wrote: “If not for the quick, decisive, and heroic actions from Officer Goodman, the tragedy of last week’s insurrection could have multiplied in magnitude to levels never before seen in American history. 

“With this prestigious award, we can show our gratitude to Officer Goodman for saving countless lives and defending our democracy.”

Both the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army presented Goodman with the Distinguished Public Service Award.

Goodman escorted Kamala Harris to her inauguration as Vice President of the United States on January 20, 2021.

He was introduced as the acting deputy Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate, and he earned a standing ovation and shouts when he walked out onto the inaugural stage ahead of Harris.

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