Malloy orders flags to half-staff for New Fairfield airman killed in Afghanistan

A New Fairfield resident was killed in action Thursday in Afghanistan, according to the governor's office.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered state and U.S. flags to fly at half-staff in honor of Staff Sgt. Todd Lobraico on Friday.

"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," Malloy said in a statement. "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."

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

"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," Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman said. "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 remain at half-staff until Lobraico's burial. The details for the arrangements have not yet been released.

"This courageous and patriotic young man will be missed and mourned by his friends and family in Connecticut," U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said in a statement. "Staff Sgt. Lobraico's service and sacrifice should be a source of pride and gratitude for all of us. Our hearts and prayers go to his family and loved ones, as well as to the brave, dedicated men and women who continue to serve our nation in uniform across the globe."

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