Fanone voluntarily rushed to the Capitol with her partner when she learned of the attacks. As a result of his bravery that day, he suffered a traumatic brain injury and a heart attack. In a video that has now been widely shared, Hodges can be seen being crushed by the mob as he and his fellow officers attempted to defend a narrow hallway leading to the entrance to the Capitol.
Dunn was one of the first officers to speak publicly about what law enforcement found when rioters stormed the Capitol and the racial epithets he and others faced. Gonell, a veteran who had been sent to Iraq, defended the Capitol from rioters chanting “traitor” chants. While taking an officer who had fallen to the ground away from the rioters, Gonell was hit with a stick carrying an American flag.
The testimony of the officers will highlight the individual acts of heroism of the police that day. Officers will also discuss how, more than six months after the attack, law enforcement officers continue to deal with the physical, mental and emotional effects of that day. This conversation is an important step as we seek to strengthen the protection of the Capitol and our democracy.