It has been almost a week since Connecticut State Police Sergeant Brian Mohl died in the line of duty after his cruiser was swept away in floodwaters in Woodbury and thousands of mourners arrived at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford Wednesday for his wake on Wednesday.
Sgt. Mohl served with the Connecticut State Police for more than 26 years.
He died in the line of duty when his cruiser was swept away by floodwaters in Woodbury last week. The officer of the chief medical examiner determined Mohl died of blunt force trauma and his death was ruled an accident.
Sgt. Mohl’s casket was placed in a hearse at a funeral home in Woodbury as troopers saluted.
The procession headed north to Hartford and law enforcement vehicles lined nearly every highway overpass along the route.
At the state Capitol there was another tribute. Flags were lowered to half-staff.
At the Xfinity Theatre, law enforcement officers from all over the region and other first responders waited in a long line of people paying tribute.
Connecticut State Police Colonel Stavros Mellekas said this is a tradition the police community is proud to honor.
“It’s all about support -- supporting his family, letting them know that we’re here for them,” he said. “We all have family at home and they want to know, God forbid this happens to someone else, we’re going to be there for the family and help them along.”
Mellekas said his office has received condolences from around the nation and he expects mourners within the police community to come from around the region for the funeral tomorrow.
Fellow troopers also said they want to be there for Mohl's family, not just now, but in the future.
They're hoping the public will come out and show their support as well.
The wake was held today from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and will be held again from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The funeral service will take place at the Xfinity Theatre Thursday beginning at 11 a.m.