SOUTH RIVER, NJ -- Prior to the New Jersey Devil's game on Thursday evening, the hockey team honored U.S. Capitol Police Officer, a South River native and longtime Devils fan Brian Sicknick, who was killed in the attack in Washington, D.C., with a moment of silence.

Gov. Phil Murphy recorded this tribute:

This month the U.S. Capitol was attacked by insurrectionists, resulting in five deaths, including New Jersey native and 

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Officer Sicknick grew up in South River and served our nation in the New Jersey Air National Guide and in overseas deployments in Operation Southern Watch and Operation Enduring Freedom.  

Known by many as a Devils fan, Officer Sicknick gave his life protecting the U.S. Capital. At this time, we ask everyone to take a moment of silence as we remember the life of Officer Brian Sicknick and remember his sacrifice to our nation.  -- Gov. Phil Murphy

In South River this week, Senator Bob Menendez and Mayor John Krenzel led a tribute by lowering the American flag in his honor.

The Sicknick family thanked Senator Menendez, the NJ State Police, the Middlesex County Sheriff's Office, the South River Police, and Mayor John Krenzel for honoring Officer Brian Sicknick on Jan. 12 in his hometown.