Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick Recalls ‘Peacekeeper’ As He Lies In Honor
Washington – US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was fatally injured in the violent pro-Trump riots on January 6, was recognized by congressional leaders on Wednesday as a “peacekeeper” who was “taken in. wrong place at wrong time, “as he lay in honor in the Capitol rotunda.
While the Capitol is closed to the public due to thepandemic, members of the Capitol Police and lawmakers paid tribute to Sicknick on Wednesday morning. A congressional tribute was held at 10:30 a.m. and remarks were made by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and other congressional leaders from both sides also attended the ceremony.
“A peacekeeper, not only in duty, but in spirit,” Schumer said of Sicknick, reflecting his military and police career. “Talk to his co-workers, and they’ll tell you Brian was a kind and humble man, with deep inner strength, the quiet rock of his unity.”
Sicknick, he continued, “was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and on a day when the peace was broken.”
“That Brian and his family were forced to pay such a high price for his dedicated service on Capitol Hill was an insane tragedy, a tragedy we still grapple with,” said Schumer.
Pelosi has sworn that when lawmakers enter Capitol Hill they will remember the sacrifices made by Sicknick and other officers who fought to protect Congress.
“Our promise to Brian’s family is that we will never forget his sacrifice, we have to be vigilant,” she said. “We will never forget.”
After serving in the New Jersey Air National Guard, Sicknick joined the Capitol Police in 2008. He suffered a head injury while engaging with rioters in the pro-Trump assault on Capitol Hill last month, and Capitol Police said he collapsed after returning to his division. Office. Sicknick died at a local hospital on January 7. He was 42 years old.
Sicknick’s remains arrived at the Capitol on Tuesday evening, along with dozens of his fellow Capitol police officers who gathered as they were escorted to the Capitol steps and into the rotunda. President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden paid tribute to the officer killed on Tuesday night. Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff visited the rotunda on Wednesday morning to pay their respects.
Sicknick is the fifth private citizen to lie down in honor in the Capitol Rotunda, following Jacob Chestnut, Capitol Police Officer, and Capitol Police Detective John Gibson, who were shot and killed on Capitol Hill in 1998, the Civil rights leader Rosa Parks in 2005 and Rev. Billy Graham in 2018.