The Governor of the State of Connecticut has ordered American flags to be lowered to half-staff to honor a State Trooper who passed away on Thursday.

Governor Daniel Malloy has asked residents to keep Trooper First Class Walter Greene and his family in our prayers. Trooper Green responded to the aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He had been battling cancer which was a direct result of working at Ground Zero and therefore his death is considered to be 'in the line of duty'.

In a statement issued yesterday, Governor Malloy praised Trooper Green as a "hero" and commented on his bravery and integrity. Greene also served in the United Stated Marine Corps for four years and joined the Connecticut State Police in 1990. He has an impressive body of service to our state which includes his assignment to the Statewide Cooperative Crime Control Task Force, his work as a K-9 handler and he was also a Master Instructor fo Motor Services.

Connecticut State Police released the following statement:

It is with heavy heart and great sorrow, that the Connecticut State Police and the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection announce the passing of Trooper First Class Walter Greene.  TFC Greene passed away on 05/31/18, following a courageous battle with cancer, acquired as a result of his service to his country and fellow man after the terrorist attacks in New York City on September 11, 2001.  As part of the Connecticut State Police response to New York City and the World Trade Center site in the aftermath of 9/11, TFC Greene assisted in escorting family members to and from Ground Zero.

Trooper First Class Greene was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp prior to joining the Connecticut State Police on June 1, 1990, as a member of the 101st Training Troop.  TFC Greene served the Connecticut State Police with distinction and honor for 28 years through his assignments at Troop A-Southbury, Troop G-Bridgeport and the Statewide Cooperative Crime Control Task Force, and most recently the Traffic Services Unit.  TFC Greene was a Master Instructor for police motorcycle operators as well as a K-9 handler. Throughout his career he was an avid supporter of the Special Olympics and actively participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

As a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp and a Connecticut State Trooper, TFC Greene lived a life of service to his community, state and country.  We are all grateful to have known and worked with a man of such remarkable character and dedication.  TFC. Greene will always be remembered as a man who maintained a true and unwavering commitment to help others at any cost. - CT State Police

Our hearts are heavy as we send our deepest condolences to Trooper First Class Walter Greene's loved ones. If you'd like to contribute to Trooper Greene's family, a GoFundMe page has been set up in his honor.

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