Governor orders flags to half-staff in honor of soldier

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has ordered American and Connecticut flags to fly at half-staff in honor of Staff Sgt. Todd Lobraico, a New Fairfield resident who was killed in action in Afghanistan on Sept. 5.

Lobraico, 22, was a member of the New York Air National Guard and 2008 graduate of New Fairfield High School.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Staff Sgt. Lobraico,” Malloy said. “His family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. 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.”

Flags will fly at half-staff until burial, details of which are forthcoming.

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman said Lobraico’s death “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.

"I hope that all Connecticut residents take a moment," Wyman continued, "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 Sept. 11, 2001.”