William Evans Awarded One of Congress’s Highest Honors to Civilians
The body of a Capitol police officer who died Friday after a man stabbed police officers in a car will be on display next week in the Capitol rotunda, congressional leaders said Tuesday.
William Evans, who served for 18 years with the Capitol Police and raised two children, died in hospital after being hit by a car, Metropolitan Police said.
“We hope this gesture will serve as a consolation for Officer Evans’ family, especially his children Logan and Abigail, as well as the fact that so many Americans are mourning and praying for them at this sad time,” House Speaker Nancy said in a statement. Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Sumer.
The coffin with the body of the deceased officer will be delivered to the rotunda on the morning of April 13, after which it will be exhibited there for farewell.
The setting up of a coffin for the solemn farewell is one of the highest honors that Congress bestows on civilians. Since its inception in 1998, five individuals have been honored with this honor.
Three of them were Capitol police officers who died in the attacks on the Capitol, including Brian Siknik, who died of injuries sustained on January 6 when hundreds of Donald Trump supporters broke into the building.
As a result of the incident, which took place last Friday, another Capitol police officer was injured.