Conn. police ID trooper killed in Hurricane Ida floodwaters

Sgt. Brian Mohl had been with the agency since 1995

Duty Death: Brian Mohl - [Connecticut]

End of Service: 09/02/2021

By Suzie Ziegler 

WOODBURY, Conn. — A Connecticut state trooper who died Thursday after he was swept away by floodwater has been identified as Sgt. Brian Mohl, reported WWLP. Mohl was on patrol overnight when rising water from Hurricane Ida caught his cruiser. 

Police said they received a distress call from Mohl around 3:30 a.m., prompting a massive search involving multiple agencies. Authorities quickly found the cruiser, but it took several more hours to find the trooper, according to the report. Mohl was flown to a hospital in critical condition and later died. 

Fire officials said the area where Mohl encountered trouble is prone to flooding and that the river was about six feet over its flooding stage at the time. 

Mohl had worked with the Connecticut State Police since 1995, according to WWLP. 

“Sgt. Mohl was committed to helping others, to keeping public safety his priority, and to always assisting his fellow Troopers,” said Col. Stavros Mellekas in a statement obtained by WWLP. “Every line of duty death is heartbreaking and the loss of Sgt. Mohl is no different. He was outside, in the middle of the night, in horrendous conditions, patrolling the Troop L area. He was doing a job he loved and he was taken much too soon.”


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