Officer Goodman’s heroic actions saved lives during the January 6 insurrection attempt by luring violent mob away from Senate chamber
U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s bipartisan legislation to award Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman — who heroically lured rioters away from the Senate floor during the insurrection attempt on January 6 — with the Congressional Gold Medal unanimously passed the U.S. Senate.
“Officer Eugene Goodman put his life on the line to protect Senators and staff from the violent mob of domestic terrorists who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6,” said Tester. “He heroically led the insurrectionists away from the Senate chamber, helping to protect our democracy and saving the lives of many of my colleagues as well as the former Vice President. Officer Goodman—and all of the other officers who defended the Capitol that day — should be celebrated for his bravery, and I’m proud to have helped pass legislation bestowing him with the highest honor that Congress can give.”
On January 6, 2021, Officer Goodman was confronted by a mob of insurrectionists shortly after they breached the U.S. Capitol as members of the House of Representatives, Senate, and the former Vice President verified results of the 2020 election. Officer Goodman lured the rioters away from the unguarded entrance to the Senate floor, delaying their access to the chamber and protecting the lives of those inside. According to reports, Officer Goodman led the rioters away from the Senate mere moments after the former Vice President was evacuated from the Senate Chamber.