When Brian Sicknick joined the U.S. Capitol Police, it was a dream come true.
However the dream got here to a horrifying finish Thursday, when the longtime officer died from accidents sustained when an offended mob stormed the U.S. Capitol Constructing whereas Congress was certifying the presidential vote for Joe Biden.
A local of South River, New Jersey, Sicknick was the youngest of three brothers. He enlisted within the Nationwide Guard six months after graduating Middlesex County Vocational and Technical College in East Brunswick in 1997.
He deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1999 and in 2003, to Kyrgyzstan, the place he labored at a transit base supporting the struggle in Afghanistan. He was a vocal critic of the struggle in Iraq, and left the Guard in December 2003.
Membership within the Guard was his means to becoming a member of regulation enforcement, his household instructed The Related Press. He joined the Capitol Police in 2008.
Sicknick was damage “whereas bodily participating with protesters,” Capitol Police stated in an announcement. Throughout the battle, Sicknick, 42, was hit within the head with a fireplace extinguisher, in accordance with a number of reviews. A federal investigation into his dying is underway.
His household stated Sicknick cared for rescued Dachshunds in his spare time and rooted for the New Jersey Devils hockey staff. He’s survived by his mother and father, Charles and Gladys Sicknick, his brothers Ken and Craig, and his longtime girlfriend, Sandra Garza.
The household requested the general public to respect its needs “in not making Brian’s passing a political difficulty.”
“Brian is a hero and that’s what we wish individuals to recollect,” the household stated.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy Saturday ordered the U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff in any respect state buildings and amenities in honor of Sicknick, saying he “embodied the selfless spirit of his native state,” CBS New York reported.
Flags have been lowered on the Capitol in his reminiscence Friday.
Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Michigan, requested the Pentagon to grant Sicknick posthumous particular honors and burial at Arlington Nationwide Cemetery.
Middlesex Excessive plans to honor him by planting an oak tree on campus to represent his energy.