Brian Mohl Wiki – Brian Mohl Biography
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. Police said that Mohl was pulled from floodwaters but was pronounced dead as he was being flown to a hospital by helicopter. Mohl served in the state police for more than 26 years.
He was 50 years old.
Brian Mohl Dies In Ida Flooding
According to The Register Citizen, Sergeant 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. 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 primarily found 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, and 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.
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.
A State Trooper was swept away by flood waters in Woodbury last night and was transported by Life Star to Yale New Haven this morning. This is a look at the river level at the location that surged 8ft in a few hours. Praying that the trooper recovers. pic.twitter.com/InZuSCEca9
— Ryan Hanrahan (@ryanhanrahan) September 2, 2021
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 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 traveled to Connecticut from California and had not been notified of his death.
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.