WASHINGTON (WJZ) — The Maryland native and Capitol Police officer who is being hailed as a hero for singlehandedly holding back rioters during the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

Officer Eugene Goodman lured a mob away from trying to enter the Senate chamber during the attack on the Capitol last month.

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On Friday night, the Senate unanimously voted to award him one of the nation’s highest civilian honors.

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Goodman got a standing ovation for his actions as Senators extended their heartfelt gratitude.

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