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Retired State Trooper Paul Protzenko Killed In Afghanistan

NBC Conneticutt  July 10,2011

Former Trooper First Class Paul Protzenko, 47, was killed late Friday or early Saturday, according to a spokesperson for Military Professional Resources Inc., the company for which Protzenko was working.

Protzenko’s son Matthew Protzenko, who served in Iraq, said he was notified of this father’s death the day it happened.

Matthew Protzenko’s said his father served for 20 years as a Connecticut State Trooper.

Lt. Paul Vance Protzenko was conducting police training with the private contractor in Afghanistan. It was unclear Sunday how Protzenko was killed.

MPRI is working with the family to return Protzenko’s body to Connecticut, according to company spokesperson Rick Kirnan.

An official statement and further details will be released by MPRI on Monday, Kirnan said.

The Department of Defense is conducting an investigation into Protzenko’s death.

Hartford Courant    July 10, 2011

A retired state trooper died Saturday in Afghanistan while working for a military contractor.

Trooper First Class Paul Protzenko, who retired in 2009, was killed in action, said a state police sergeant who used to be his supervisor.

“I don’t think you could find anyone in the state police who would say anything bad about him,” said Sgt. Lauren Rondinone of the Troop W barracks, where Protzenko used to work

Protzenko was in the Army before he spent some 20 years working for the state police, he said.

“He was a gentleman, a guy who dedicated his life to the service of his country and service to his state.”

Protzenko was employed by Military Professional Resources Inc., a firm that does extensive training and security work for the Department of Defense and the U.S. Army, among many other clients.

Some of his duties with the military contractor involved training Afghanistan national police members in crime-scene work.

Please see the original at The Hartford Courant

July 10, 2011 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, MPRI, Private Military Contractors, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , , ,


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  2. Paul will be forever missed by many who knew him. We can’t thank him enough for his service and friendship. Our hearts go out to his family.

    Comment by Michelle | July 11, 2011 | Reply

  3. My condolences to the family. Paul will be missed by his friends and especially by the family. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Lise and the family.

    Comment by Bob Shlapak | July 14, 2011 | Reply

  4. I wOrked with paul in afghanistan for the last couple of months really great man

    Comment by Justin | July 14, 2011 | Reply

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