WOODBURY, Conn. (WTNH) – State Police have identified the State Police Sergeant who died Thursday after being swept away in floodwaters in Woodbury as Sergeant Brian Mohl.
State police said they received a distress call just after 3:30 a.m. from an on-duty Trooper in distress. The veteran Sergeant from Troop L reported that his cruiser was being swept away.
Officials said the cruiser was in the area of Jacks Bridge near the Pomperaug River. The cruiser was found a short time later. Sgt. Mohl was found and life-saving measures were taken. He was taken by Lifestar to Yale-New Haven Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The area where the incident happened is a road that lies along the intersection of three rivers and according to locals, is prone to flooding during intense rain. It’s likely Sgt. Mohl was checking on the river and flood conditions in that area.
Three helicopters and six boats were involved in the early morning search, as well as dive teams, the Coast Guard, K-9 units, drones, and people searching on the ground.
Sgt. Mohl was a member of the Connecticut State Police for nearly 27 years.
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“A Trooper of 26 years has given his life for our greater good. I was telling everybody, ‘stay safe, stay home, let’s ride out this storm.’ That’s not what you do as a Trooper,” said Governor Ned Lamont.
“Sgt. Mohl was committed to helping others, to keeping public safety his priority, and to always assisting his fellow Troopers,” said Colonel Stavros Mellekas, Commanding Officer of the State Police. “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.”
State Police said Sergeant Mohl entered the State Police Training Academy in 1994 and graduated in 1995 with the 105th Training Troop. He was assigned to Troop A in Southbury and transferred to Troop L in Litchfield after being promoted to Sergeant in May 2000. He served in various troops in the state before returning to Troop L in 2008.
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This is the 25 line of duty death in the history of the Connecticut State Police.
“Today, we stand together as one with the family, the Trooper’s family,” Lamont said.
News 8 will update this story as more information comes in.