NEW JERSEY -- Governor Phil Murphy has ordered that all U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff on Monday, January 11 in honor of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick,42,of South River, who died following injuries sustained while defending the U.S. Capitol when it was under siege by rioters on January 6.
In signing the executive order, Murphy said “Officer Sicknick gave his life protecting the United States Capitol, and by extension, our very democracy, from violent insurrection. 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.”
“United States Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick embodied the selfless spirit of his native state. Officer Sicknick was a product of South River and a graduate of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools," Murphy noted. "Before joining the Capitol Police, he was Staff Sergeant Sicknick with the New Jersey Air National Guard. He was a Fire Team Member and Leader with the 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."
Sicknick joined the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) in July 2008 and most recently served in the Department’s First Responder’s Unit.
According to the USCP, Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters. He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
His death is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch, the USCP and its federal partners.
“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," added Murphy.
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