US Capitol Officer Eugene Goodman has been singled out for his efforts to save politicians during the January 6 riots, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she will sponsor legislation awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to officers.
- US Speaker Nancy Pelosi says officers who protected the Capitol should be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal
- The medal is the highest expression of national appreciation given by the US Congress
- Officer Eugene Goodman has been a focal point of praise with multiple videos displaying his heroism during the Capitol riots
Ms Pelosi said officers who protected the Capitol deserved to be awarded the honour, as they were “martyrs for our democracy”.
Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was one of five who died after the January sixth attack, and more than 70 other officers were injured.
Congress commissions gold medals as its highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions.
At least two-thirds of the House and Senate must co-sponsor Congressional Gold Medal legislation before it is considered in a committee.
“Their accepting this award brings lustre to this medal,” Ms Pelosi said.
The legislation comes after another video of Officer Goodman’s heroism during the riots was made public during the impeachment trial of former-president Donald Trump.
Officer Goodman became a national hero after video shot by Huffington Post reporter Igor Bobic showed his response to rioters climbing the stairs near an entrance to the US Senate chamber.
With no other officers to be seen, he guided rioters away from the chamber.
The mob followed him into a room where other officers were waiting.
New footage has now show Officer Goodman guiding Republican senator Mitt Romney out of harm’s way.
Mr Romney said seeing the images of police officers fighting off violent insurrectionists brought tears to his eyes.
“That was overwhelmingly distressing and emotional,” he said.
Asked about the video in which Officer Goodman tells Mr Romney to turn around, the senator said he did not know the identity of the officer until footage was shown during the impeachment trial.
“I look forward to thanking him when I next see him,” he said.
“I was very fortunate indeed that Officer Goodman was there to get me in the right direction.”