Carl P. Moller
CT State Police
End of Watch: 2/13/1976
On his way home to begin his weekend, Trooper Moller, age 31, stopped to assist a motorist on I-84 in West Hartford. While on the roadway, he and the motorist were struck and killed by a truck.
February 13, 1976, Trooper Carl P. Moller, age 31 of Bristol stopped to assist a motorist on I-84 in West Hartford. While on the roadway, he and the motorist were struck and killed by a truck. Ironically, Trooper Moller had just finished his workweek and was on his way home to begin his weekend.
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 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 were the personification of the bond that exists between Troopers and their animals. Trooper Moller died while he was performing a duty that every Trooper could relate to.