A police officer who fended off rioters during the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill insurrection found himself in a much different position this week, escorting incoming Vice President Kamala Harris to the inauguration ceremony.
Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman on Wednesday met Harris and President Joe Biden upon their arrival at the East Front of the Capitol. Moments into the ceremony, he was introduced before Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff entered the inauguration stage on the West Front.
Goodman, who also served as an infantryman in Iraq, escorted Harris as part of his new role as acting deputy Senate sergeant-at-arms.
Social media responded to the moment with great enthusiasm.
And there’s Eugene Goodman, a military veteran and hero of the Jan. 6 riots, escorting the president-elect and vice president-elect and their partners from the motorcade to the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Goodman is in the tan coat. #Inaugurationpic.twitter.com/An8071vVQP
Thus far, Goodman has not spoken publicly about the events of Jan. 6. Still, his actions have earned him widespread praise.
Capitol Officer Eugene Goodman’s bravery and quick-thinking prevented insurrectionists from entering a Senate full of Members, staff, reporters and election certificates, preventing a nightmare scenario. Introducing legislation to award him the Congressional Gold Medal. pic.twitter.com/TviBsXhqqw