Capitol Police Officer Brian Secnick, who died at the hands of the mobs who besieged the U.S. Capitol on January 6, congressional leaders said Friday, will attend a tribute next week in the rotunda.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer issued a joint statement saying: “The heroism of Officer Seknick and the Capitol Police Force during the violent rebellion against the Capitol helped save lives, defend the temple of our democracy, and ensure that Congress does not distract from our duty to the Constitution. His sacrifice every day reminds us of our duty to our country and to the people we serve. “
Congress will hold a ceremonial arrival for Sicknick on Tuesday night, after which an overnight viewing period will be held for the Capitol Police. Lawmakers will honor Wednesday morning before the ceremonial departure of Arlington National Cemetery, where Seknick will be buried.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, celebrations will be open only to invited guests.
Seknik, 42, from South River, New Jersey, joined the National Guard six months after graduating from high school in 1997, and spread to Saudi Arabia and then Kyrgyzstan. Joined the US Capitol Police in 2008.
During the Capitol siege, as rioters stormed the building due to President Donald Trump’s election loss, Sekinik was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher. He died the next day.
Pelosi and Schumer said in their joint statement: “On behalf of the House and Senate, it is a great honor for us to pay tribute to Officer Sicknick at this ceremony. I hope this ceremony and knowledge that so many mourn and pray for them will be a comfort to the Sicknick family during this sad time.” .