A veteran Connecticut state trooper was killed early Thursday morning when his cruiser was swept away amid heavy flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Ida.
The trooper, a sergeant with 26 years of service within the division, was working a midnight shift in Woodbury when he radioed for assist.
“At 3:30, roughly, within the morning, Troop L acquired an emergency name from the sergeant that his car was in swift water and that he was in misery,” Connecticut State Police Col. Stavros Mellekas, the company’s commanding officer, stated at a press briefing.
“That was the final they heard of him,” he stated on the briefing.
Mellekas stated the troopers pinged the sergeant’s telephone to find him however had been unable to search out the cruiser.
“We despatched all property immediately with the fireplace departments and dive groups — anybody you possibly can think about,” Mellekas informed reporters.
When the floodwaters started to subside at dawn, police started a search of the world, together with from the air with police choppers, and positioned the car “principally submerged” close to Jack’s Bridge — however there was no signal of the lacking sergeant.
“About an hour after that, persevering with our search, the sergeant was positioned within the water of the river,” Mellekas stated.
He was handled on the scene and transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital.
“En route, he was presumed lifeless and confirmed upon arrival at New Haven,” he stated.
The trooper’s identify was not launched pending household notifications.
It was the twenty fifth line-of-duty dying within the historical past of the Connecticut state police.
“A trooper, 26 years, has given his life for a larger good,” Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont stated. “I used to be telling everyone, ‘Keep secure, keep house. Let’s trip out this storm.’ That’s not what you do as a trooper.”