Nicholas Wu

Savannah Behrmann

Ledyard King
 
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Lawmakers pay tribute to fallen Capitol Police officer

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WASHINGTON – Leaders in Congress paid tribute to fallen U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who lay in honor Wednesday on the Capitol Rotunda earlier than his internment at Arlington National Cemetery.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., praised the 42-year-old officer as a hero for his efforts Jan. 6 to cease a pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol attempting to cease the congressional counting of Electoral College votes for then-President-elect Joe Biden. 

“Our promise to Brian’s family is that we will never forget his sacrifice. … We will never forget,” Pelosi stated through the somber ceremony as she turned to deal with his family and associates. “With your permission, may we be worthy to carry Brian in our hearts. We will never forget.”

The custom of mendacity in honor on the Capitol Rotunda to pay tribute to distinguished Americans started in 1852. Historically, it has been reserved for army officers and elected officers who’ve “lain in state.” More just lately, Congress has allowed preeminent residents to “lie in honor.”

President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden got here to the Capitol Tuesday night, when his stays had their ceremonial arrival and when Capitol Police officers have been invited to view the stays.

They stood with their arms over their hearts, after which Biden reached out to contact the picket field holding his stays. Biden then stated a prayer, made the signal of the cross, and walked over to view the wreaths.

The 42-year-old officer was struck within the head with a fireplace extinguisher through the hours-long assault on the Capitol. He collapsed and died the following day from his accidents at a hospital.

He joins two different Capitol Police Officers who acquired the respect after dying within the line of responsibility: Officer Jacob J. Chestnut, Jr., and Detective John M. Gibson, who have been fatally shot in 1998 when an armed intruder received previous a safety checkpoint on the Capitol.

“The courage of these heroes brings honor, brings luster to our Constitution and to our democracy,” Pelosi said, referring to the three officers.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called Sicknick “a peacekeeper who loved his dogs and his girlfriend Sandra (Garza), and his family, and the New Jersey Devils. He was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. And it did on a day when peace was shattered.”

“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,” Schumer said. “It has left deep scars here in this building (and) among his friends and his colleagues.”

Sicknick was considered one of 5 individuals who died through the Jan. 6 riot on the Capitol, that additionally injured at the very least 140 officers within the Washington, D.C. Police Department and the United States Capitol Police. Two others, Jeffrey Smith of the DC Police and Howard Liebengood of the Capitol Police, died by suicide within the weeks following the assault.

Following the ceremony, silence stuffed the rotunda as members of the Capitol Police drive, National Guard and others approached the urn carrying Sicknick’s stays in teams or individually to pay their respects. Most saluted the fallen officer.

An American flag was positioned subsequent to the urn, each sitting in entrance three wreaths representing the Senate, the House and the Capitol Police.

A ceremonial departure then occurred, with dozens of law enforcement officials lining up in entrance of the East Front of the Capitol. The American flag on prime of the constructing flew at half-staff. 

Two officers carried Sicknick’s stays and the folded American flag down the Capitol stairs as bagpipes performed “Amazing Grace”. 

A hearse then drove away, taking Sicknick’s stays to Arlington National Cemetery with a Capitol Police escort.

Following the ceremony, officers walked again into the Capitol to return to their work. After standing stoically outdoors throughout Sicknick’s ceremonial departure, some embraced one another as they walked again into the Capitol. And simply inside a Capitol entrance the place lawmakers, officers, and employees usually entered the constructing, two officers stood collectively, silently hugging.

Other lawmakers provided their respects to Sicknick Wednesday morning, and Vice President Kamala Harris got here with second gentleman Doug Emhoff.

They each positioned their arms over their hearts and put their arms on the small field in the course of the Rotunda holding Sicknick’s stays.