A congressional tribute for fallen US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick is being held in the building’s famous Rotunda.
The officer died due to injuries suffered in the Jan. 6 insurrection on the Capitol.
Sicknick joined the USCP in July 2008, and most recently served in the Department’s First Responder’s Unit. Sicknick was originally from South River, New Jersey, and the youngest of three sons, according to a statement issued by his brother, Ken Sicknick, on behalf of his family.
Sicknick’s family was “very proud” of his service to his country, Ken Sicknick said.
“Brian is a hero, and that is what we would like people to remember,” he said.
Sicknick “wanted to be a police officer his entire life” and joined the New Jersey National Guard in his pursuit of that goal, Ken Sicknick said.
According to a statement from New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s office, Sicknick was a staff sergeant for the New Jersey National Guard.
He served as a fire team member and a leader of the 108th Security Force Squadron, 108th Wing, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Murphy’s statement said.
Sicknick’s service included two deployments — one as part of Operation Southern Watch and another as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, Murphy said.
“Officer Sicknick gave his life protecting the United States Capitol, and by extension, our very democracy, from violent insurrection,” Murphy said.