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Hero Down: Connecticut State Police Trooper Eugene Baron Succumbs To 9/11-Related Cancer

Derby, CT – Retired Connecticut State Police (CSP) Trooper First Class Eugene Kenneth Baron died in the line of duty on May 25, following a battle with cancer that developed after his service at the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on Sep. 11, 2001.

The 56-year-old retired trooper was one of many CSP Traffic Services Unit troopers who “responded to the World Trade Center immediately following the attacks to search for possible survivors,” the CSP said in a statement to WTIC.

Trooper Baron also served as a liaison to Connecticut families in the wake of the terrorist attacks.

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“Our condolences and prayers go to the Baron family at this time,” Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner James Rovella told WTIC.

“Trooper Baron contracted cancer while doing a job that he loved. His first concern on September 11, 2001, was to help people affected by the terrorist attacks,” Commissioner Rovella said. “He was always a Trooper at heart and he will be greatly missed.”

Trooper Baron graduated from the Connecticut State Police Training Academy in April of 1990, and went on to serve the CSP for 18 years before he retired with a partial disability in 2007 due to his cancer diagnosis, the Connecticut Post reported.

“He served this agency proudly and was a vital member of the State Police team,” CSP Colonel Stavros Mellekas told WTIC. “Trooper Baron was a well-respected member of our agency, but he was also the son of a Trooper and a father of three. His life was cut short due to his service to others, a legacy that will never be forgotten.”

In addition to his children, Trooper Baron also leaves behind his partner and her two children, as well as his parents and his sisters, WTIC reported.

Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti said that Trooper Baron “was a very intelligent man and very devoted to law enforcement,” the Connecticut Post reported.

“His father worked with my father on the Ansonia police before he joined the state police,” Cassetti added. “Gene followed his father there.”

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Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont ordered that all U.S. and state flags be flown at half-staff in honor of Trooper Baron’s service, the Connecticut Post reported.

“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. “He embodies the definition of public service and what it means to lead a career with integrity, respect, and generosity.”

Trooper Baron was laid to rest on May 30.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Retired Connecticut State Police Trooper First Class Eugene Kenneth Baron, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

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Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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