SOMERVILLE, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy mourned the death of New Jersey native Brian Sicknick - a Capitol Hill police officer who was killed during Wednesday's attack on the US Capitol by a mob of Donald Trump supporters - during his visit to the Historic Somerset County Courthouse Friday where he swore in Somerset County Commissioners Paul Drake and Doug Singleterry at the annual Reorganization meeting.
Murphy also took the time earlier in the day to memorialize Sicknick during a visit to Rockaway in Morris County for the opening of a clinic in a former department store where COVID-19 shots will be administered.
The 42-year-old Sicknick lived in Virginia, but grew up in South River, NJ. He attended the Middlesex County Vocational & Technical High School in East Brunswick. He was also a member of the New Jersey National Guard attached to the 108th Refueling Wing based at McGuire Air Force Base.
He deployed overseas twice during his time in the Air Force to Saudi Arabia in 1999 and Kyrgyzstan in 2003.
"United States Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick embodied the selfless spirit of his native state," Murphy said..
“Tammy and I send our deepest condolences to Officer Sicknick’s family and friends, as well as to his United States Capitol Police colleagues and the Guardsmen and Guardswomen he served alongside. We thank him for his service to our nation.
“Officer Sicknick gave his life protecting the United States Capitol, and by extension, our very democracy, from violent insurrection," Murphy added. "His needless murder at the hands of a mob bent on overthrowing the Constitution he had dedicated his life to upholding is shocking. It is my fervent hope that the rioters whose actions directly contributed to his death are quickly identified and brought to justice.”
Various news reports say that Sicknick was struck in the head with a fire extinguisher during the three-hour melee inside the Capitol building, and collapsed later in the day. He was hospitalized, but died around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.
The White House also released a statement Friday.
"Anytime a member of law enforcement dies in the line of duty it is a solemn reminder to us all that they run toward danger to maintain peace," White House spokesman Judd Deere said. "The President and the entire Administration extend our prayers to Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick's family as we all grieve the loss of this American hero."