Woodbury, CT – Connecticut State Police (CSP) Sergeant Brian Mohl died in the line of duty on Thursday after his patrol vehicle was swept away by floodwater in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
The 50-year-old sergeant was working in the area of Jacks Bridge Road at approximately 3:30 a.m. when he frantically radioed that he needed help and that his patrol vehicle was caught up in the swift-moving water of the Pomperaug River, The Register Citizen reported.
“That was the last they heard of him,” CSP Commanding Officer Colonel Stavros Mellekas told the paper.
A search for the missing sergeant ensued, to include the use of dive teams.
Nine fire departments, three helicopters, and six boats were involved in the effort, according to The Register Citizen.
Investigators also “pinged” Sgt. Mohl’s cell phone to try to locate him, but the mostly-submerged cruiser wasn’t located until after daybreak, the Hartford Courant reported.
Rescuers used nearby debris to force their way into the vehicle, but Sgt. Mohl wasn’t inside.
As the storm continued, first responders spent another hour on foot and using drones and helicopters until they found Sgt. Mohl floating further down the river, the Hartford Courant reported.
They pulled him from the water and delivered emergency aid as he was loaded onto a helicopter to be flown to Yale New Haven Health.
Sgt. Mohl was confirmed dead at the hospital, the Hartford Courant reported.
“It is with deep regret and sadness that I report that the State Police today lost a good man who dedicated more than a quarter century to protecting the citizens of Connecticut,” Col. Mellekas said.
“Sgt. Mohl was committed to helping others, to keeping public safety his priority and to always assisting his fellow Troopers,” Col Mellekas continued. “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.”
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Sgt. Mohl’s service and sacrifice, the Hartford Courant reported.
“He dedicated his career and his life to public safety and protecting the lives of others,” Lamont said. “His tragic loss is a reminder of the dangers that State Troopers and first responders put themselves in every day when responding to emergencies, and they deserve our utmost respect.”
“Sgt. Mohl served the people of Connecticut with honor and commitment, and for that he will have our eternal gratitude and respect,” the governor added.
Sgt. Mohl joined the CSP in November of 1994 and graduated from the academy as a member of the 105th Training Troop in June of 1995, The Register Citizen reported.
He was originally assigned to Southbury, where he remained until he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and reassigned to Litchfield in 2000, according to the Hartford Courant.
Sgt. Mohl served in Bridgeport, Hartford, and North Canaan before returning to Litchfield in 20018.
He was serving as commander of the Litchfield barracks’ midnight shift at the time of his death.
Sgt. Mohl leaves behind his wife and children, according to Heavy.
Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz called the death of the longtime sergeant “heartbreaking” and said she mourns for his family, his loved ones, and his fellow CSP colleagues, Heavy reported.
“Sergeant Mohl dedicated his life and career to the great task of serving our community and state,” Bysiewicz said. “May his bravery and courage long be remembered, and may his memory be a blessing for all who knew him.”
More on the life and legacy of Sergeant Brian Mohl this morning on GMCT. pic.twitter.com/TV2NWC0hsl
— Alyssa Rae Taglia (@AlyssaRaeTaglia) September 3, 2021
Rest In Peace – Sgt. Brian Mohl, who had 26 years of service swept away in flood waters from Hurricane Ida pic.twitter.com/XqScBmuoqk
— SBA (@SBANYPD) September 3, 2021
A State Trooper was swept away by flood waters in Woodbury last night and was transported by Life Star to Yale New Haven this morning. This is a look at the river level at the location that surged 8ft in a few hours. Praying that the trooper recovers. pic.twitter.com/InZuSCEca9
— Ryan Hanrahan (@ryanhanrahan) September 2, 2021
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
Connecticut State Police have identified the veteran trooper who died after getting swept away by floodwaters in Woodbury as Sergeant Brian Mohl. A small memorial stands on the bridge near Judson Avenue. I’ll have a report with more details tonight on @FOX61News at 10 & 11 pm. pic.twitter.com/2Pux48LDdF
— Elisha Machado (@ElishaMachadoTV) September 2, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Connecticut State Police (CSP) Sergeant Brian Mohl, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.