When Brian Sicknick joined the U.S. Capitol Police, it was a dream come true.
But the dream came to a horrifying end Thursday, when the longtime officer died from injuries sustained when an angry mob stormed the U.S. Capitol Building while Congress was certifying the presidential vote for Joe Biden.
A native of South River, New Jersey, Sicknick was the youngest of three brothers. He enlisted in the National Guard six months after graduating Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School in East Brunswick in 1997.
He deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1999 and in 2003, to Kyrgyzstan, where he worked at a transit base supporting the war in Afghanistan. He was a vocal critic of the war in Iraq, and left the Guard in December 2003.
Membership in the Guard was his means to joining law enforcement, his family told The Associated Press. He joined the Capitol Police in 2008.
Sicknick was hurt “while physically engaging with protesters,” Capitol