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"Brian’s love for his family was larger than life" | Family issues statement following the loss of Sgt. Brian Mohl

The family of Sgt. Brian Mohl, who had served with Troop L-Litchfield, issued a statement following his passing Thursday in Ida floodwaters

LITCHFIELD, Conn. — The family of Sgt. Brian Mohl released a statement thanking law enforcement agencies and the public for the outpouring of love and support. 

Sgt. Brian Mohl, a 26-year veteran with the Connecticut State Police, died after his vehicle was swept away by floodwaters in Woodbury early Thursday morning. He was the 25th line-of-duty death in the department’s history.

Mohl, who entered the State Police Training Academy in 1994, was assigned to Troop L in Litchfield.

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, 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.

We will have no further statements and will not be granting media interviews.  We ask that our family’s privacy be respected during this difficult time.

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Mohl, who entered the State Police Training Academy in 1994, was assigned to Troop L in Litchfield.

The Connecticut State Police Union announced details of the official celebration of Sergeant Mohl’s life, service, and sacrifice next week.

  • WAKE: Wednesday, September 8 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Xfinity Theatre.
  • FUNERAL: Thursday, September 9 at 11 a.m. at the Xfinity Theatre.

If anyone is interested in donating to help the family, they can go to Venmo account “@CSP-Union” or check can be sent 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.

On Friday, the Office of Chief Medical Examiner said Mohl died of blunt force trauma and rule it an accident.

Mohl was working an overnight shift as the remnants from Hurricane Ida marched through the state. He alerted Troop L that his vehicle had been swept away by water in the area of Jack’s Bridge and that he was in distress.

“That is the last they heard from him,” Col. Stavros Mellekas said Thursday.

At daybreak, with the help of helicopters, emergency personnel were able to locate his vehicle mostly submerged in floodwaters near Three Rivers Park. Mohl’s body was found submerged in the river waters.

The sergeant was taken via LIFE STAR to Yale New Haven Hospital. He died on the way.

“We lost another member of our family,” Mellekas said after announcing his death on Thursday.

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