Carl P. Moller, Trooper

Died: Friday, February 13, 1976

Trooper Carl P. Moller, age 31 of Bristol, stopped to assist a motorist on I-84 in West Hartford on February 13, 1976. While on the roadway, he and the motorist were struck and killed by a truck. The truck driver left both men on the highway and fled the scene. He drove into downtown Hartford and told a Hartford police officer that was directing traffic that he thought he “hit something in the road and I want to report it.” He was arrested and charged with two counts of negligent homicide.

Moller was assigned to Hartford following his graduation from the Academy in February 1970 and spent his entire career at Troop H. The mention of his name around the Department immediately brought to mind the fact that he was a canine handler. Moller and his dog Thor exemplified the bond that exists between troopers and their animals. Trooper Moller died while he was performing a duty that every trooper could relate to.