Gov. Malloy Orders Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Fallen Conn. Marine

NEWINGTON, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Conn. Gov. Dan Malloy has ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff on Saturday to honor a fallen Marine pilot from Montville.

Lt. Col. Thomas Budrejko was killed when two military helicopters collided in Arizona last month.

The 37-year-old Montville native was among seven people killed in the Feb. 22 accident during a training exercise in a remote section of the Yuma Training Range Complex.

He was an executive officer of a Marine unit based at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Calling hours for Budrejko are scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Newington Memorial Funeral Home.

A funeral service for Budrejko will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Church in Newington. Burial with full military honors will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in New Britain.

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