On February 3, nearly one month after U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died from injuries sustained battling insurgents storming the U.S. Capitol, his remains were lying in honor in the Capitol Rotunda. President Joseph Biden Jr., Vice President Kamala Harris and members of Congress passed by broken windows and doors — reminders of the attack that had the USCP and Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department engaged with rioters for hours — to pay their respects.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said Congress was united in grief, gratitude and appreciation of Sicknick’s service and that his sacrifice would not be forgotten, reported NPR.
“That Brian and his family were made to pay such a high price for his devoted service in the Capitol was a senseless tragedy. One that we are still grappling with,” added Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
The ceremony included “America the Beautiful” song by The Singing Sergeants, the official United States Air Force Chorus, and a departure dignified with hundreds of USCP members lined up in formation to pay End of Watch respects before Sicknick’s remains were interred at Arlington National Cemetery. Before joining the USPC in 2008, Sicknick served in the New Jersey Air National Guard and completed two deployments overseas.
Sicknick was the third Capitol Police officer to be honored in the Rotunda: In 1998, Officer Jacob Chestnut and Detective John Gibson were laid in honor after an intruder shot and killed them in the federal building.