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Connecticut State Police Sergeant Swept Away, Killed By Rising River Waters

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Joe Amon
Connecticut Public
Officers and equipment line River Bend Drive in Woodbury after an on-duty Connecticut State Police sergeant died when his cruiser was swept away in floodwaters in the Pomperaug River, Sept. 2, 2021.

An on-duty state police sergeant in Connecticut died Thursday after his cruiser was swept away in floodwaters in Woodbury.

Brian Mohl, a 26-year department veteran, called for help at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

Police searched the area with divers, helicopters, boats and drones and found the sergeant in the swollen river later in the morning after daybreak. First responders performed lifesaving measures, and Mohl was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The waters rose as the remnants of Hurricane Ida brought torrential rain, flooding and power outages to Connecticut. The chief of the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department said the Pomperaug River rose quickly overnight. The area where the sergeant’s car was swept away is dark, with no streetlights.

Mohl was assigned to Troop L, which covers Woodbury.

A state police spokesman said the sergeant was an experienced member of the agency.

Updated: September 2, 2021 at 5:06 PM EDT
This story has been updated. Information from The Associated Press is included.