Veteran hero of Capitol riots serves on Biden inauguration security detail

JANUARY 20: U.S. Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman arrive at the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today's inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
JANUARY 20: U.S. Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman arrive at the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today's inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. Photo credit (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
By Connecting Vets

U.S. Capitol Police officer and Iraq war veteran Eugene Goodman was hailed as a hero after his actions during the Capitol Hill riots on Jan. 6. Today, he walked alongside President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration party as part of the Inauguration Day security detail.

On Jan. 6, Goodman was seen on a now-viral video standing as the lone barrier between a violent mob and the halls of the Capitol, including an open door leading directly to lawmakers and their staff.

As the dust cleared that day, it became clear that Goodman had single-handedly led the mob into the Capitol in the opposite direction of the chambers where lawmakers hid.

For his actions, Goodman has been recommended by members of Congress to receive the Congressional Gold Medal. Today, he serves as the acting deputy Senate sergeant-at-arms and is part of the official escort accompanying Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Goodman served in the Army for four years and was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne.

"Eugene was a hero long before last Wednesday. We celebrate his valor," the XVIII Airborne Corps tweeted last week.