Biden awards medals to Jan. 6 first responders on 2nd anniversary of riot
President Biden on Friday awarded Presidential Citizens Medals to 12 individuals who "made exemplary contributions to our democracy" around the time of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Driving the news: Biden bestowed the medals — one of the highest civilian honors — during a ceremony on the two-year anniversary of the Capitol riot. Recipients include members of the Capitol Police, Metropolitan Police, election workers, and state and local officials.
- It marked the first time Biden has awarded the Citizens Medal.
What they're saying: "History will remember your names. It'll remember your courage. It'll remember your bravery. It'll remember your extraordinary commitments to your fellow Americans," Biden said Friday.
Details: The recipients “demonstrated courage and selflessness during a moment of peril for our nation,” a White House official previously told Axios.
- Among the honorees were Capitol Police officers Harry Dunn, Caroline Edwards, and Eugene Goodman, as well as Capitol Police Sergeant Aquilino Gonell.
- Metropolitan police officer Daniel Hodges and retired Metropolitan police officer Michael Fanone were also recognized.
- U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who suffered two strokes and died of natural causes the day after the Capitol attack, was posthumously honored at the White House ceremony.
- Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers were among the other honorees.
- Ruby Freeman and her daughter Shaye Moss, who served as election workers in Georgia's Fulton County during the 2020 election, and Al Schmidt, a city commissioner on the Philadelphia County Board of Elections during that time, rounded out the list of 12 honorees.
- The late Capitol Police officer Howard Liebengood and Metropolitan Police Officer Jeffrey Smith, who both died by suicide after responding to the insurrection, were also posthumously recognized.
Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional developments.