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American shield : the immigrant sergeant who defended democracy  Cover Image Book Book

American shield : the immigrant sergeant who defended democracy / Aquilino Gonell, and Susan Shapiro ; preface by Congressman Jamie Raskin.

Gonell, Aquilino, (author.). Raskin, Jamie, (writer of preface.). Shapiro, Susan, (author.).


"Aquilino Gonell came to the United States from the Dominican Republic as a young boy. Although he spoke no English, he dedicated himself to his adopted land, striving for the American dream. Determined to be a success story, he joined the army to pay for college. He saw action in Iraq and returned home with PTSD. Believing in the promise of our government, he focused on healing himself and supporting his family. His hard work paid off when he landed a coveted position with the United States Capitol Police and rose to the rank of sergeant. January 6, 2021, changed everything. When insurrectionists stormed the Capitol, Gonell bravely faced down the mob attempting to thwart the peaceful transfer of power. The brutal injuries he sustained that day would end his career in law enforcement. But when some of the very people he put his life on the line to protect downplayed or denied the truth of that day, he chose to speak out against the injustice done to him and the country. Chronicling what it means to live a life of conviction, one that adheres to the best ideas of our democracy, American Shield is a bold testament to the power of truth, justice, and accountability from a highly decorated officer and immigrant who exemplifies the greatest aspirations of a grateful nation"-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781640096288
  • ISBN: 1640096280
  • Physical Description: xiv, 222 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Counterpoint edition.
  • Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, 2023.
Subject: Capitol Riot, Washington, D.C., 2021.
Gonell, Aquilino.
United States. Capitol Police > Biography.
Political violence > Washington (D.C.) > History > 21st century.
Riots > Washington (D.C.) > History > 21st century.
Demonstrations > Washington (D.C.) > History > 21st century.
Dominican Americans > New York (State) > New York > Biography.

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Juniata County Library 973.933 GON (Text)
Reason for purchase: Patron Requested
39640100690278 JUNM Non-Fiction New Checked Out 08/01/2024

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