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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Wake and funeral services are being held Wednesday and Thursday for a state police sergeant who died last week after being swept away in floodwaters in Woodbury.
Troop L Sergeant Brian Mohl was a member of the Connecticut State Police for nearly 27 years.
He died accidentally, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office, while working to keep people safe during the height of the storm that brought remnants of Hurricane Ida to the northeast. It dumped rain over the state, causing flash floods.
“It’s obviously a difficult day, especially for the family, State Police, and all law enforcement. Every law enforcement knows this could be you, so we honor each other for tradition and support. I knew him my entire career. Brian was a very intelligent individual and a really decent human being. He was well-liked by a lot of people,” said Connecticut State Police Colonel Stavros Mellekas.
“It is all about support and supporting his family, letting them know we are here for him. We all have family at home and God forbid you would want to know that if this happened to someone else, that we would be there for the family to help them along,” Mellekas said.
A procession from Woodbury to Hartford took place Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. The route was on Interstate-84 East, to Interstate-91 North, to the Jennings Road exit, going toward the Xfinity Theatre.
The wake for Sgt. Mohl was held at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford on Wednesday, Sept. 8 from 12- 2 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.
The funeral will also be held at the Xfinity Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m.; the service at the cemetery will be private.
Services are being held at the Xfinity Theatre because they are expecting thousands of law enforcement members, not only from Connecticut but from all over New England and the country.
His family released a statement Sunday:
We want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. The loss we have suffered is immeasurable. Brian was an incredible person. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father, uncle, and friend and to say he will be missed is just not enough.
Brian loved being a State Trooper. He proudly served with the Connecticut State Police for over 26 years and those that worked with him said he always had a way of making you feel as though you were part of the team and that he truly cared about them.
Even though Brian was committed to his work he always found a way to put his family life first. He never lost sight of that. If he wasn’t at work, he was spending time with us. Brian’s love for his family was larger than life. He had a special way about him with his kindness, humor and warmth.
Seeing the outpouring of prayers and support from the Connecticut State Police, the New York State Police, the law enforcement community and the community as a whole has deeply touched our hearts. We cannot begin to express our gratitude for all of your compassion.FAMILY OF SGT. BRIAN MOHL
Sergeant Mohl is survived by his wife Susan and three children, his three brothers, his two sisters, and his parents. Read his obituary here.
Anyone interested in donating to support Sergeant Mohl’s family can do so through the Venmo account @CSP-Union or send a check to the Connecticut State Police Union with a notation stating “Sgt. Brian Mohl.” Donations can be mailed to SGT. Brian Mohl Fund, c/o CSPU, 500 Main Street, East Hartford, CT 06118.