Officer Brian Sicknick was responding to the Wednesday, January 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol when he was critically injured.
The violence started when hundreds of pro-Trump rioters forced their way into the Capitol and onto the House floor. Capitol Police helped evacuate Congressional staff members while facing the belligerent rioters, many armed.
After he was hit multiple times and beaten with a fire extinguisher, the 42-year-old Air National Guard veteran and 12-year Capitol Police officer returned to his division office and collapsed. According to a statement from Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., he was then transported to a local hospital, where he died.
Beyer said Sicknick “gave his life in the line of duty to keep us safe.”
“His murder multiplies the pain of this dark moment for our nation, and those who brought about this awful crime must be prosecuted and brought to justice,” the congressman added. “He made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting those trapped in the Capitol amid a violent assault on our democracy itself.”
According to New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, “Sicknick embodied the selfless spirit of his native state” of New Jersey.
“Officer Sicknick was a product of South River [N.J.] and a graduate of Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools. Before joining Capitol Police, he was Staff Sergeant Sicknick with New Jersey Air National Guard,” Murphy said. “He was a Fire Team Member and Leader with 108th Security Force Squadron, 108th Wing, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, and his six years of service included overseas deployments in support of Operation Southern Watch and Operation Enduring Freedom.”
The United States Capitol Police reports that “Officer Sicknick joined the USCP in July 2008, and most recently served in the Department’s First Responder’s Unit.”
Sicknick is the fifth member of the Capitol Police to die in the line of duty, NPR reports. Flags at the U.S. Capitol were flown at half-staff on the Friday following the riot as requested by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
NPR maintains that the U.S. Justice Department has initiated a federal murder investigation into Sicknick’s death.
See off duty police officers from Capitol Hill and D.C. Metro honor fallen Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick the video below.Whizzco