A Capitol Police officer has been receiving praise as a national hero after he drew angry insurgents away from the people on the Senate floor of the Capitol Building on Wednesday.

In a now-viral video of last week’s harrowing riot, Officer Eugene Goodman is seen staving off a mob of intruders looking to disrupt the Senate hearings. After realizing the group’s intent, Goodman distracted the mob and herded them away from the chamber where politicians and other elected officials were located.

Goodman’s tactic threw off the plans of the group’s leader, identified as Doug Jensen, who was so focused on the officer that he missed the opportunity to gain access to a hallway leading to the Senate chambers, according to USA Today.

Eventually, Goodman led the group to a back corridor, away from the Senate, where more officers were on standby.

Following the officer’s act of bravery and selfishness, people took to Twitter to send messages detailing their appreciation and gratitude for Goodman.

A person tweeted that one of President-elect Joe Biden's first endeavors in office should be awarding the officer with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a popular sentiment among Goodman’s supporters.

Political pundit Jaime Harrison also echoed that the Capitol Police officer deserved the presidential honor.

"The word hero does not appropriately describe officer Eugene Goodman. His judgment & heroism may have saved our Republic. I hope @SpeakerPelosi @SenSchumer @WhipClyburn consider him for the Congressional Medal of Honor. It is the least we can do,” he wrote.

New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., tweeted that Goodman, an Army vet who spent time in Iraq, saved lives by keeping “murderous” insurgents at bay.

"As trump’s fascist mob ransacked the U.S. Capitol, this brave USCP officer kept murderous rioters away from the Senate chamber and saved the lives of those inside. God bless him for his courage," Pascrell wrote.

Over the weekend, the mob’s leader Jensen was arrested by the FBI on federal charges at his home in Iowa, CBS News reported. Charges against Jensen include knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful permission; disrupting the orderly proceedings of government business; violent entry in a Capitol building; and obstructing a law enforcement officer during a civil disorder.

Des Moines Police collaborated with the FBI to arrest Jensen Friday night and he was processed into the county jail, according to CBS News. Forrest & Associate Masonry, Jensen’s employer, announced on Friday that he had been fired.

Jensen previously posted photos of himself to social media standing close to the Washington Monument with the same attire he wore during the riot on Capitol Hill, USA Today reported. Many of his other social media pictures consisted of images endorsing President Donald Trump, and he recently posted a screengrab of him confronting police, before his Facebook page went dark.

Prior to his arrest, Jensen also posted a video to TikTok, where he expressed that he's being turned into the poster child for the riots at the Capitol Building, according to USA Today.