A longtime retired Connecticut State Trooper has died unexpectedly.
Trooper First Class Patrick Dragon, 50, of Brooklyn, Connecticut, died on Saturday, Jan. 2, at Hartford Hospital, said the Connecticut State Police.
A cause of death has not been released to date.
Dragon, a member of the 107th Training Troop entered the State Police Training Academy on January 9, 1998.
Upon graduation, he served as a patrol trooper at Troop D in Danielson, as a resident trooper in the town of Sterling, as a detective in the Eastern District Major Crime Squad, and as a detective in the Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit.
Dragon was also a first responder to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown.
He retired from the department in 2018.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a memorial service for Dragon is being planned for a later date. Additional details will be announced as the information becomes available.
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