As details emerge from Wednesday’s protests turned to illegal access to the Capitol of the United States, heroic stories are coming to light. Republican Congressman Pat Fallon from Texas described the events he experienced on Facebook. “I JUST SAW COURAGE PERSONIFIED!!!!” Fallon posted at 12:42 pm on January 6th. Representative Fallon gave a first-hand account of what happened on the House Chamber floor; photos of which have been plastered all over the news and social media.
“We were in the middle of debate when the Capitol Police came into the chamber and told us there had been a breach in the Capitol Building.” He added. “At first they wanted us to remain in our seats in the House Chamber. The breach must have gotten worse because they started to evacuate. Then the mob literally reached the doors of the House Chamber and the Police were short-handed.”
Fallon continued, and added photos of the scene: “I AM SO PROUD that Rep Tony Gonzalez, Rep Ronny Jackson, Rep Troy Nehls didn’t hesitate!!! We augmented the Police and stood our ground! We will never be intimidated by any mob, regardless of their motivations.” When “the mob reached the actual doors to the House Chamber and there was visible concern on everyone’s faces and yet we stood our ground.”
All the congressmen mentioned by Fallon are republicans from Texas. “Tony Gonzalez and Troy Nehls were literally on the front lines with myself and Admiral Jackson directly behind them and beside Rep Mark Wayne Mullin (who promised he’d be the last person to leave-standing guard while other members, both Democrats & Republicans were being evacuated to safety) and Ken Buck from CO was there as well.”
Rep Markwayne Mullin is a Republican from Oklahoma. “Ronny looked over at me and declared, ‘I’m not going anywhere!” Fallon says he then said, “This IS OUR House!” a statement a former center at Notre Dame used to say. “And we’re gonna protect it!!!’ No one flinched. No one!!!!” Fallon added.
“My Texas GOP colleagues have been my friends and now they are my heroes!!! We then helped the police barricade the set of doors we were guarding with a large piece of furniture” Fallon described of the scene that went viral. “That’s when small pieces of glass went flying. ‘SHOTS FIRED!’ Someone screamed…Those rounds if that’s what caused that broken glass would have struck us just seconds before.”
Fallon ended his post asking for a peaceful resolution. “We must condemn any and all violence. We don’t yet know the facts yet. Who was responsible, the why, etc…Right now I can report only that we are safe and that we’re at an undisclosed location…and so serve with heroes!!!!”