Flags have been lowered and will remain at half-staff across the state until sunset on Saturday, Gov. Ned Lamont directed in an announcement Tuesday, to honor Connecticut State Police Trooper Eugene Kenneth Baron Jr., who died Monday from cancer acquired by responding to the World Trade Center after the 9/11 massacre. “Trooper Baron is a hero who not only dedicated his career to protecting the people of Connecticut, but he did not hesitate when called to respond to one of the worst attacks in our nation’s history,” Lamont said in an announcement released Tuesday. “He embodies the definition of public service and what it means to lead a career with integrity, respect, and generosity. “On behalf of the entire State of Connecticut, I extend my deepest sympathies to Trooper Baron’s family, friends, and his brothers and sisters at the Connecticut State Police, Lamont said. I ask the people of Connecticut to keep Trooper Baron and his family in their prayers.”
Baron and other Connecticut state troopers went to the World Trade Center ruins to help look for survivors in the rubble.