Who is Sergeant Brian Mohl?
Sergeant Brian Mohl was a Connecticut State Police trooper who drowned in flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Ida after his patrol SUV was swept away in Woodbury while he was on duty. Heavy rains from Ida led to flash flooding across the Northeast on September 2, 2021, leading to more than 40 deaths. Mohl was pulled from floodwaters but was pronounced dead as he was being flown to a hospital by helicopter, police said. Mohl served in the state police for more than 26 years.
“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. Sgt. Mohl was committed to helping others, to keeping public safety his priority and to always assisting his fellow Troopers,” Colonel Stavros Mellekas, Commanding Officer of the State Police, said in a statement. “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.”
How old was Sergeant Brian Mohl?
He was 50 years old as of Death.
Sergeant Brian Mohl Family, Wife, children
Mohl, 50, is survived by his wife and children. He was the 25th officer to die in the line of duty in the history of the Connecticut State Police, the department said in a press release. According to The Associated Press, the remnants of Ida led to more than 40 deaths from Maryland to Connecticut.
Sergeant Brian Mohl Made a Call for Help Before His SUV Was Swept Away in Floodwaters Near the Pomperaug River
Sergeant Brian Mohl made a call for help while on patrol about 3:30 a.m. in Woodbury, which is located in Litchfield County in the northwestern part of Connecticut, according to The Register Citizen. During the brief conversation with dispatchers requesting help, Mohl said he was near Jacks Bridge over the Pomperaug River, the newspaper reports. His patrol SUV was found mostly submerged in the river, police said.
At a press conference, Mellekas said about Mohl’s emergency call for assistance, “His vehicle was in swift water and he knew that he was in distress. That was the last they heard of him. They pinged his phone. We sent all assets right away with the fire departments and dive teams, everyone you could imagine.” He said at daybreak searchers were able to find his vehicle in the water. When divers made it to the vehicle, Mohl was not found inside. He was then located in the river. Mellekas told reporters detectives are investigating to determine what led to Mohl’s death.
NEWS CONFERENCE: CT State Police give update on line of duty deathCT State Police gave an update on the death of a state police sergeant who died after getting swept away in flood waters in Woodbury Thursday morning.2021-09-02T20:19:26Z
Woodbury Fire Chief Janet Murray told The Register Citizen they were called to a report of a vehicle in the river, “We didn’t know it was a state trooper at the time. We were used to the swift water in that area and we knew what resources to immediately call in to assist. We completed our task and our thoughts and prayers are with the officer.” A LifeStar medical helicopter was called to the scene to take Mohl to a hospital, but he did not survive.
Murray told the newspaper the area where Mohl was found is prone to flooding. “It is known for rapid waters and flooding in that area,” she told The Register Citizen. “The trooper may just not have known. Up until midnight, we didn’t have any flooding, and then it just took off.”
Mohl Was Assigned to Troop L & Was Working as the Midnight Shift Supervisor When He Was Killed
Mohl was hired by the Connecticut State Police and entered the State Police Training Academy on November 25, 1994, the department said in its press release. He graduated in June 1995 as part of the 105th Training Troop. His first assignment was at Troop A in Southbury. He was promoted to sergeant in May 2000 and was transferred to Troop L in Litchfield. He worked at Troop B in North Canaan, Troop & in Bridgeport and Troop H in Hartford before returning To Troop L in 2008.
Mohl was working as the midnight shift supervisor at the time of his death. He lived in Woodbury with his wife. Mohl’s family has not commented. Officials asked for his name to be withheld until late afternoon because his elderly parents were traveling to Connecticut from California and had not been notified of his death.
Mellekas said at a press conference, “He was one of the senior sergeants in the state police. Well respected and it’s just a tragedy.”
The Connecticut governor’s office said in a press release that the governor had directed flags to be lowered to half staff in Mohl’s honor, “Flags shall be lowered immediately and remain lowered until sunset on the date of interment, which has not yet been determined. The Office of the Governor will send out a notification when flags should be returned to full staff. Accordingly, since no flag should fly higher than the U.S. flag, all other flags, including state, municipal, corporate, or otherwise, should also be lowered during this same duration of time.”