Police officer and National Guard veteran dies from injuries in Capitol riots

"Staff Sgt. Sicknick's commitment to service and [protecting] his community, state, and nation will never be forgotten."

A United States Capitol Police officer and former airman with the New Jersey Air National Guard has died after being injured in riots at the Capitol building on Wednesday.

Brian Sicknick, 42, passed away “due to injuries sustained while on-duty,” a press release from the USCP said.

Lt. Col. Barbara Brown, spokeswoman for the New Jersey Air National Guard, confirmed that Sicknick was a staff sergeant who was honorably discharged in 2003. Sicknick joined the New Jersey Air National Guard in 1997, Brown said, and served as a fire team member and leader at the 108th Security Force squadron, 108th Wing, at Joint Bast McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

He deployed twice with the guard, once in 1999 to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Southern Watch, and again to Kyrgyzstan in 2003 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Police officer and National Guard veteran dies from injuries in Capitol riots
Staff Sgt. Sicknick during a deployment to Kyrgyzstan. (Photo via New Jersey Air National Guard)

“Staff Sgt. Sicknick’s commitment to service and [protecting] his community, state, and nation will never be forgotten,” Brown said. “Our condolences and thoughts are with his family, friends and those who worked with him during his law enforcement career.”

Sicknick joined the USCP in July 2008, the USCP statement said, and “most recently served in the Department’s First Responder’s Unit.”

Sicknick was responding to the mayhem unfolding at the Capitol on Wednesday when he was “injured while physically engaging with protestors.”

“He returned to his division office and collapsed,” the USCP statement says. “He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.”

On Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered that flags at the Capitol be flown at half-staff in Sicknick’s honor.

“The sacrifice of Officer Sicknick reminds us of our obligation to those we serve: to protect our country from all threats foreign and domestic,” Pelosi said. “May it be a comfort to Officer Sicknick’s family that so many mourn with and pray for them at this sad time.”

Featured photo: An American flag flies at half-staff in remembrance of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick above the Capitol Building in Washington, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Update: This post was updated to include a photo of Brian Sicknick.

Haley Britzky
Haley Britzky

is the Army reporter for Task & Purpose, covering the daily happenings in the Army and how they impact soldiers and their families, as well as broader national security issues. Originally from Texas, Haley previously worked at Axios before joining Task & Purpose in January 2019. Contact the author here.

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