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United States Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman, hailed as a hero for his bravery in the attack on the United States Capitol, will throw the first pitch in an upcoming Nationals home game of Washington, the team said.
Goodman is expected to pitch the ceremonial pitch on June 18, when the Nationals kick off their weekend series against the New York Mets.
This is the last honor for the officer whose quick thinking helped prevent the deadly January 6 insurgency from escalating even further.
In widely viewed footage, Goodman, who is black, was seen trying to rally a crowd of predominantly white Trump supporters who sought to interrupt certification for the 2020 presidential election.
Goodman left his gun in its holster – but more importantly, he steered the crowds away from the door leading to the Senate floor, instead sending them down stairs in order to buy time for lawmakers and Vice President Mike Pence reach safe parts of the complex.
Another video later appeared that shows Goodman sprinting down a hallway on the Capitol – and ordering Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, to turn around and take a side lane, to get away from the mob that had violated the defenses of the Capitol.
“I was very lucky that Officer Goodman was there to point me in the right direction,” Romney said later.
This is just the last honor for Goodman
Two weeks after the brief insurgency, Goodman was chosen to escort Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on inauguration day. He was also promoted to Acting Deputy Deputy Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate.
In February, the Senate voted unanimously to award Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal, the institution’s highest honor.
The Senate Bill honoring Goodman says his “altruistic and swift actions undoubtedly saved lives and gave security personnel precious time to secure and ultimately evacuate the Senate before the armed mobs entered. in the bedroom “.
The House followed suit with its own resolution a month later, approving legislation that also recognizes other of the hundreds of officers on Capitol Hill and in Washington, DC, who clashed with rioters that day – including the Capitol Police Officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, and Metropolitan Police Department Officer Jeffrey Smith.
Sicknick died after being injured in the attack. Liebengood and Smith died by suicide days after the riot.