Sen. Kelly Loeffler donates last paycheck to memorial fund for fallen U.S. Capitol officers

ATLANTA — Out-going Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler said she will be donating her final Senate paycheck before she leaves office to the Capitol Police Memorial Fund.

The fund has been set up to honor Officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, whose deaths are tied to the insurrection of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month.

“Every Capitol Police Officer puts the safety and security of others before their own,” Loeffler said. “Officer Sicknick and Officer Liebengood exemplified the selfless service that is the hallmark of the USCP. The tragic loss of these officers reminds all of us of the bravery of the law enforcement officers who protect our nation’s Capitol, my colleagues, congressional staff, visitors, the press corps and thousands of staff every day.”

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The Capitol Police said in a statement that Sicknick was injured “while physically engaging with protesters.” During the struggle, Sicknick, 42, was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher, two law enforcement officials said.

Officer Howard Liebengood had been assigned to the Senate Division and was with the department since 2005. He is the son of a former Senate sergeant-at-arms. His death was from an apparent suicide believed to be tied to the siege in the Capitol.

“I’m proud to donate my final Senate pay in honor of their lives and sacrifices. I thank the Capitol Police and all law enforcement officers for their dedicated service each and every day of the year,” Loeffler said.

Loeffler’s office said she has donated her Senate salary to 40 different Georgia-based charitable organizations and nonprofits over the last year.