In Memory of Captain James Anthony Sisk
Virginia officials were saddened to brief the public about the loss of a local veteran officer. On Friday, October 1, 2021, Captain James Anthony Sisk, age 50, passed away due to complications from COVID19. The US has lost hundreds of law enforcement officers to the coronavirus pandemic. As first responders, policing is an occupation with greater risk for contracting the illness and provides less ability to socially distance. Since January 2021, the US has lost more than 200 officers to COVID19. Captain Sisk was 50 years old.
Captain Sisk’s death is considered a line-of-duty death. Federal mandates were put into place that active-duty officers who die from COVID19 be listed as line-of-duty deaths.
Sisk served as a law enforcement officer for more than 27 years. For the past 17 years, Sisk has been a member of the Culpeper Sheriff’s Office. Before his current position, Captain Sisk had served with the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office for about ten years. In 2019, Sisk received a lifetime achievement award from the Culpeper Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Task Force. He had touched the lives of many victims and gone over and above in serving his community.
Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia
The Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office or CCSO is the primary law enforcement agency in the county providing services county-wide. Much of the jurisdiction of the CCSO is confined to the unincorporated areas of the county.
The department has multiple divisions, including patrol, investigations, jail, court security, Culpeper 911, civil processes, and school resource officers. The patrols cover an area of 383 square miles, and officers help provide services to more than 52,000 residents.
Captain James Anthony Sisk leaves behind his wife and two daughters. Volunteers from area law enforcement agencies and honor guards will help the entire community say their goodbyes to a fallen friend and leader. As the US continues to lose lives to the pandemic, local organizations and other groups will be needed to help those who lost loved ones continue to receive the mentoring and leadership they need to succeed.
Culpeper Sheriff Scott H. Jenkins posted information about the loss. “The Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of Captain James Anthony “Tony” Sisk. He died in the line of duty on October 1, 2021. Tony’s death leaves a hole in our hearts and in our community that cannot be filled. Rest In Peace, brother. Tony’s death leaves a hole in our hearts and in our community that cannot be filled. His ready smile and warm embrace were well known to all. Knowing that Tony is resting with God helps a little to ease the tremendous pain of losing this outstanding human being. Rest In Peace, brother.”
The Fairfax County Police Department shared sad loss online and condolences for the Sisk family. “Our thoughts are with the @CulpeperSheriff, family, colleagues, and friends as we mourn the loss of Captain James Anthony “Tony” Sisk who died in the line of duty.”
The Culpeper Police Department was also devastated by the news of their friend and brother. “Capt. Sisk was respected and well-loved, and we mourn his passing. Please keep his family, friends, and coworkers in your thoughts and prayers. We have the watch from here, brother.”