WASHINGTON DC — President Joe Biden will present the nation’s second-highest civilian award this Friday to 12 individuals involved in protecting the Capitol during the January 6, 2021 insurrection and protecting the will of the American electorate in the 2021 presidential election 2020.
The White House announced Thursday that Biden will present the Presidential Citizens Medal during an East Chamber ceremony marking the two-year anniversary of the storming of the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, whose siege prevented Congressional certification of a Biden victory. Had done it.
Those honored include seven members of law enforcement, including a posthumous award for Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died after the attack, and an award for Officer Eugene Goodman, who was recognized for his role in dispersing Senate protesters. Credit is given as MPs are fired. building.
Two other Capitol Police officers, Harry Dunn and Carolyn Edwards, will also be honored; Capital Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell; Daniel Hodges, a Metropolitan Police Department officer, and Michael Fannon, a former officer.
Biden also credits Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and former Arizona House of Representatives Speaker Rusty Bowers, who resisted pressure to overturn the election results; and Ruby Freeman and her daughter Shay Moss, poll workers in Fulton County, Georgia, who were subjected to threats and harassment after failing to correctly tabulate votes in the county.
One award will be given to Al Schmidt, the former Philadelphia elections official who withstood public pressure from Trump to stop counting valid ballots. Schmidt, a Republican, will be nominated to Pennsylvania’s top election administration position as secretary of state by Pennsylvania Governor-elect Josh Shapiro, a Democrat.
The Presidential Civilian Medal, created by President Richard Nixon in 1969, is the nation’s second highest civilian honor after the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It is awarded to those who have done “exemplary acts of service to their country or to their fellow citizens.”