HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy is ordering Connecticut and US flags to fly at half-staff in honor of Staff Sgt. Todd Lobraico, a New Fairfield resident who was killed in action yesterday in Afghanistan.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Staff Sgt Lobraico. His family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time,” Governor Malloy said on Friday. “This loss reminds us of the dangers faced by our men and women stationed overseas. We should all be grateful for their service and sacrifices to our country.”
Staff Sgt. Lobraico, 22, was a member of the New York Air National Guard and 2008 graduate of New Fairfield High School.
“The loss of this brave young man is a sad reminder that hundreds of Connecticut military men and women are still in danger overseas even as our involvement in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan approaches a conclusion,” said Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman. “I hope that all Connecticut residents take a moment to recognize the sacrifice in defense of our freedom made by Airman Lobraico and the other 64 heroes from our state lost in battle since September 11, 2001.”
Flags will fly at half-staff until burial, details of which are forthcoming.