A veteran Connecticut condition trooper was killed early Thursday early morning when his cruiser was swept absent amid major flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Ida.
The trooper, a sergeant with 26 several years of assistance in the office, was operating a midnight change in Woodbury when he radioed for help.
“At 3:30, about, in the early morning, Troop L received an unexpected emergency connect with from the sergeant that his motor vehicle was in swift h2o and that he was in distress,” Connecticut Point out Police Col. Stavros Mellekas, the agency’s commanding officer, stated at a push briefing.
“That was the final they read of him,” he explained at the briefing.
Mellekas reported the troopers pinged the sergeant’s telephone to find him but were not able to locate the cruiser.
“We sent all property ideal absent with the hearth departments and dive teams — everyone you can consider,” Mellekas instructed reporters.
When the floodwaters commenced to subside at daybreak, law enforcement commenced a look for of the area, including from the air with police choppers, and found the auto “mostly submerged” near Jack’s Bridge — but there was no signal of the missing sergeant.
“About an hour just after that, continuing our lookup, the sergeant was found in the h2o of the river,” Mellekas stated.
He was addressed at the scene and transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital.
“En route, he was presumed dead and verified upon arrival at New Haven,” he claimed.
The trooper’s identify was not unveiled pending spouse and children notifications.
It was the 25th line-of-duty death in the background of the Connecticut point out law enforcement.
“A trooper, 26 decades, has offered his lifestyle for a increased superior,” Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont explained. “I was telling every person, ‘Stay harmless, continue to be property. Let us ride out this storm.’ Which is not what you do as a trooper.”