SOUTH RIVER, NJ -- Congresswoman U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, who represents Michigan’s 8th Congressional District, has contacted senior military leaders to request that U.S. Capitol Officer Brian Sicknick be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The 42-year-old South River, NJ, native was killed during the siege on the Capitol Building on Wednesday, Jan. 6, when a pro-Trump mob stormed the building.
"Today, I spoke with Army Secretary McCarthy, CJCS Gen. Milley, and Air Force Chief of Staff General CQ Brown to ask that U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick, a veteran, be given posthumous special honors and burial at Arlington National Cemetery," Rep. Slotnick tweeted.
"Officer Sicknick died in the line of duty as a U.S. Capitol Police Officer but did so living up to the oath he swore in the military: to protect and defend the Constitution. He has paid the ultimate sacrifice & he & his family should be recognized for all he did for his country," she posted.
Staff Sergeant Sicknick as a six-year veteran of the New Jersey Air National Guard and deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Souther Watch and Kyrgyzstan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom before being honorably discharged in 2003. This week, Officer Sicknick gave his life in service to the same oath he took as an Airman to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
He paid the ultimate price in fulfilling his oath. I urge you to take the necessary steps to give Officer Sicknick and his family the honor they deserve. -- Elissa Slotkin, Member of Congress
Although the congresswoman is a lifelong native of Michigan, she is no stranger to the New York metro region. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which took place during her first week of graduate school at Columbia University, Rep. Slotkin knew that national service would define her career. She was recruited by the CIA to be a Middle East analyst and has devoted her career to protecting the United States from national security threats. In her role at the CIA, Rep. Slotkin worked alongside the U.S. military during three tours in Iraq as a militia expert. In between her tours in Iraq, Rep. Slotkin held various defense and intelligence positions under President Bush and President Obama, including roles at the White House and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
"He is a hero," - Family Statement
According to a report by CNN, Sicknick's brother, Ken, issued a statement on behalf of his family, who is "very proud" of his service.
"Brian is a hero, and that is what we would like people to remember," Ken Sicknick said. "(He) wanted to be a police officer his entire life."
GoFundMe Page Raises Over a Half-Million Dollars for Sicknick Family
A GoFundMe page set up for the family of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick has raised more that $545,000 as of Sunday evening, Jan. 10, 2021. To contribute to the page, click here.