Watson Coleman and Beyer Introduce Legislation Honoring Fallen Officer Brian Sicknick
Washington, DC (January 28, 2021) – U.S. Representatives Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) and Don Beyer (VA-8) today introduced bipartisan legislation to honor United States Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick, who died from wounds received in the line of duty while defending the U.S. Capitol from attack on January 6th, 2021. Beyer, who represented Sicknick in the House, and Watson Coleman, who represents much of Sicknick’s family, introduced a bipartisan House Resolution honoring Sicknick’s life and sacrifice as well as a bipartisan bill to posthumously award him a Congressional Gold Medal.
“Officer Brian Sicknick dedicated himself to defending the United States and honoring the oath he took to defend our Constitution,” said Rep. Watson Coleman. “His actions along with those of his fellow officers will be remembered as a shining example of patriotic duty on an otherwise dark day in our nation’s history. While no measure we take can replace his life, Congress can and should honor him with its highest civilian award. May his life serve as an example of duty to one’s country that all Americans can celebrate.”
“Officer Brian Sicknick was a hero who lived his life in service to his country before making the ultimate sacrifice to protect the seat of American government and the people’s representatives,” said Rep. Beyer. “His death is a tragedy we can never resolve, but it is fitting that Congress honor his life, courage, and ideals. We will never forget Officer Sicknick, who gave his life in defense of our democracy.”
Beyer and Watson Coleman waited to introduce their legislation until they had secured the approval and support of the Sicknick family.
A copy of the resolution sponsored by Beyer and co-led by Watson Coleman is available here. Text of the legislation to posthumously award Sicknick a Congressional Gold Medal sponsored by Watson Coleman and co-led by Beyer is available here.