SOUTH RIVER, N.J. — The hometown of Brian Sicknick, the U.S. Capitol Police officer who was killed in last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol, remembe
SOUTH RIVER, N.J. — The hometown of Brian Sicknick, the U.S. Capitol Police officer who was killed in last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol, remembered the New Jersey native Tuesday with peace, dignity and sadness.
A crowd that included members of the Sicknick family, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, New Jersey State Police, borough officials and police officers, gathered during a quiet ceremony to pay their respects.
“Officer Sicknick was a patriot and a hero,” Menendez said. “He gave his life as the Congress of the United States was performing its role under the Constitution and while others may have walked away, he stood firm. We are in a debt of gratitude.”
Menendez said Sicknick served “with distinction and honor.” The senator vowed the federal government will do everything in its power to bring to justice those who murdered Sicknick.
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“He always wanted to be a police officer and being a Capitol Police Officer was the culmination of a professional journey of service,” he said. “We honor his service. We remember his life and his dedication to that service, to the Constitution, to the oath that he took.”
Menendez presented an American flag that had flown over the Capitol to Sicknick’s family.
State Police Lt. Matthew Lonczak, a former South River resident, described Sicknick’s death as “devastating news” for the “tight-knit” community.
“May he rest in peace,” Lonczak said, adding that the State Police extended its “deepest condolences” to the family.
A GoFundMe page — Officer Brian D. Sicknick Memorial — on Tuesday afternoon had raised $616,710 on behalf of the officer’s family.
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