UPDATED 5:46 PM PT – Friday, September 3, 2021
Family and friends have been mourning the loss of a Connecticut state trooper who was killed in floodwaters from Hurricane Ida. Sgt. Brian Mohl died early on Thursday morning after his car was swept away amid heavy flooding in Woodbury, which lies just southwest of Hartford.
Mohl had called for back up after his vehicle was submerged in water. First responders found the sergeant in a river hours later and treated him at the scene before rushing him to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“Troop L received an emergency call from the sergeant that his vehicle was in swift water and that he was in distress,” said Col. Stavros Mellekas. “That was the last they heard of him.”
Authorities said they immediately sent out all assets including fire departments, dive teams and rescue K-9’s in order to find Mohl. Hours later troopers discovered Mohl’s vehicle mostly submerged in the floodwaters, but he was not inside.
First responders later found the sergeant in a river and treated him at the scene before rushing him to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
It is with sadness that I can confirm that the @CT_STATE_POLICE trooper who passed away today is Sgt. Brian Mohl, a 26-year veteran of the CSP who was assigned to Troop L.
Please keep him in your prayers. I am directing flags lowered in his honor. 🇺🇸
— Governor Ned Lamont (@GovNedLamont) September 2, 2021
“He was one of the senior sergeants on the state police, well respected,” one officer expressed. “It’s just a tragedy.”
Sergeant Mohl served on the force for 26 years and flags have been flown at half-staff at government buildings across Connecticut in his honor.