Jan. 6, 2021 marks a significant day in history for the American people as a mob of protestors rushed the Capitol Building. Officer Harry Dunn worked at The Capitol Building for over 15 years, and what he saw that day was unlike any he'd seen before.  

“It was scary because those people weren’t there with peaceful intentions. They insulted officers and breached the police line to even get to that point. It was thousands of them and only a couple dozen officers. So we already understood we were definitely outnumbered. So it was just already from the start a very intimidating situation,” Dunn said.    

Dunn recounts the day as a disheartening realization of the polarization of our country. 

“We used the question that day, ‘Is this America?’ It turns out, yes. It is America, and it's the ugly side of it, but it's not the best of us. It is part of who we are as a country. It just was disappointing to see our country in the state that it was in for whatever reason. The reason doesn’t even matter, but just the fact that we are Americans attacking other Americans,” Dunn said. 

Former capital police officer (Sgt.) Aquilino Gonell was injured in the capital attack.

“As they were attacking me, they were beating me with the same American flag I swore to protect,” Gonell said.

Gonell said he wasn’t hurt just physically, and he feels a betrayal about the day. 

"Then the mental health, the screams, all the things that were happening at once. Then to top it off, you have a moral injury. We did the right thing. We did what we signed up for — to protect all members of congress from being hurt, and protect our country. Yet, the same people we risk our lives for turn around and say nothing happened,” Gonell said.