My plan was to put up someone everyday for Black History Month. I got a bit behind the past few days and anxiety has been kind of high. It’s 5 am and I haven’t been to bed yet. I can’t seem to get my days and night’s straight. I promise to do better because there are a lot of people I’d like to highlight.
Today it is Eugene Goodman. To quote Christopher J. Hale, “Officer Eugene Goodman stopped a mob of white rioters from entering the chambers of the United States Senate. At this perilous moment in our nation’s history, he was the one person standing between democracy and the rule of tyrants.”
Eugene Goodman was seen defending himself against a mob of domestic terrorists in the Capitol building on January 6, 2020. He risked his life to lead the terrorists away from the open door to the senate and likely saved many lives. Goodman served from 2002 to 2006 in the United States Army, including in combat with the 101st Airborne Division in the Iraq War. In the days after the attack on the Capitol, Goodman’s former unit, the XVIII Airborne Corps, issued a statement commending his valor saying that he “was a hero long before last Wednesday.”
On January 20, 2021, he escorted Kamala Harris to her inauguration as the Vice President of the United States. He was announced as the acting deputy Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate. When stepping out onto the inauguration platform ahead of Harris, he received a standing ovation and cheers.
We always have heroes in our midst. Sometimes we just don’t know it. Eugene Goodman is a very good man indeed.