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Lawmakers want to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Capitol Police officer who lured rioters away from the Senate chambers

January 15, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A bipartisan trio of lawmakers introduced legislation this week to award Officer Eugene Goodman with the medal, reserved for Americans who've made "distinguished achievements and contributions" to their country.

(CNN)US Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman has been hailed as an American hero for leading a growing mob away from the Senate chambers during last week's attack on the Capitol.

Now, a bipartisan trio of lawmakers wants to recognize Goodman with a Congressional Gold Medal for potentially saving lives on one of the darkest days in US history.

Charlie Crist of Florida and Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri, and Republican Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina introduced legislation this week to award Goodman with the medal, reserved for Americans who've made "distinguished achievements and contributions" to their country.

Goodman's contribution was caught on camera.

Footage from the insurrection captured by Huffington Post reporter Igor Bobic shows Goodman being chased up a Capitol staircase by a mob of insurrectionists shortly after they'd broken in.

When he reached a landing, he looked to his left, where he noticed the door to the Senate chambers was still unguarded.

The Senate chambers wouldn't be secured until one minute later, according to CNN's timeline of events from the riot.

"By putting his own life on the line and successfully, single-handedly leading insurrectionists away from the floor of the Senate Chamber, Officer Eugene Goodman performed his duty to protect Congress with distinction, and by his actions, Officer Goodman left an indelible mark on American history," the legislation reads.

CNN has reached out to the US Capitol Police for comment and is waiting to hear back.

The department hasn't publicly identified Goodman to CNN or other outlets.

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