(NEW JERSEY) — On behalf of all New Jersey residents, Governor Philip D. Murphy has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on Monday January 11,  in honor of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick of South River. 

Sicknick died following injuries sustained while defending the U.S. Capitol from violent insurrectionists.

According to the statement from the Governor's Office, Sicknick was a product of South River and a graduate of the Middlesex County Voactional and Technical Schools.

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Before joining the Capitol Police, he was Staff Sergeant Sicknick wiht 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.

“Officer Sicknick gave his life protecting the United States Capitol, and by extension, our very democracy, from violent insurrection", Murphy said in a statement. "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.”

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