Biden grants Presidential Residents Medals 2 years after Capitol assault

President Biden on Friday awarded the Presidential Residents Medal to legislation enforcement and state and native officers who defended the U.S. Capitol and upheld the integrity of the 2020 election. That is the primary time Mr. Biden has supplied the Presidential Residents Medal, and it comes two years after the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol.

In a White Home ceremony Friday, President Biden gave the award to 12 folks, together with former Arizona Home Speaker Rusty Bowers, Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn, former Metropolitan Police Division officer Michael Fanone, and Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman. The late Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick additionally acquired the award posthumously. 

Biden marks 2 years since Jan. 6 attacks, presenting Presidential Citizens Medals 51:04

Mr. Biden delivered remarks because the nation marks two years since pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol and legislation enforcement defended it so lawmakers, their staffs, and the vp could be secure. 

These are the folks Mr. Biden honored Friday:

  1. Jocelyn Benson, the previous Michigan secretary of state who confronted armed protesters outdoors her dwelling as she was pressured by these looking for to overturn the 2020 election outcomes.
  2. Rusty Bowers, the previous Arizona Home speaker who resisted stress from folks hoping to overturn the election. 
  3. Harry Dunn, a Capitol Police officer who confronted harassment from rioters. He has served on the power for almost 15 years. 
  4. Caroline Edwards, a legislation enforcement officer who suffered a mind damage on account of rioters’ actions on Jan. 6, 2021. 
  5. Michael Fanone, a now-retired Metropolitan Police Division officer who was injured within the assault.  
  6. Ruby Freeman, who labored as an election employee in Fulton County, Georgia, and confronted threats for doing her job. 
  7. Aquilino Gonell, a Capitol Police sergeant who was injured defending the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. 
  8. Eugene Goodman, a Capitol Police officer who diverted rioters from the Senate flooring so members may evacuate.
  9. Daniel Hodges, a Metropolitan Police Division Officer injured in the course of the assault. Jan. 6, 2021 was his first time ever within the Capitol. 
  10. Shaye Moss, an election employee in Fulton County, Georgia, in the course of the 2020 election. Ruby Freeman is her mom.  
  11. Al Schmidt, a former federal civil servant who served as a metropolis commissioner on the Philadelphia County Board of Elections. In the course of the 2020 election, he saved the vote tally going within the face of stress and efforts to overturn the election. 
  12. Brian Sicknick, a Capitol police officer who defended the Capitol. He died the subsequent day. 
  13. Howard C. Liebengood, U.S. Capitol Police (posthumous)
  14. Jeffrey L. Smith, D.C. Metropolitan Police (posthumous)

— Nikole Killion contributed to this report 


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