This week, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., introduced a proposal to honor Eugene Goodman, a Capitol police officer, with the Congressional Gold Medal.
Crist introduced the proposal on Wednesday with the support of U.S. Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver, D-Mo, and U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace, R-SC. The Florida congressman praised Goodman for his actions last week when a violent mob of supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump attacked the Capitol, leaving five people, including a Capitol police officer, dead.
“Various media outlets witnessed as Officer Goodman valiantly put himself in harm’s way, luring a violent mob away from an unguarded entrance to the Senate chambers, protecting senators, staff and reporters inside,” Crist’s office noted.
“He’s a hero!” said Crist on Thursday. “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.”
“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 January 6, 2021, one of those individuals was Officer Eugene Goodman,” said Cleaver. “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.”
“The actions of Officer Goodman were heroic and represent the best of law enforcement,” said Mace. “When he was the only thing standing between members of Congress and the violent mob, he quickly and selflessly redirected their fury upon himself so those members could escape. 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.
Crist’s bill was sent to the U.S. House Financial Services Committee. So far, there is no companion measure over in the U.S. Senate.
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