Trooper George L. Hanna

Trooper George L. Hanna

Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts

End of Watch Saturday, February 26, 1983

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George L. Hanna

Trooper George Hanna was shot and killed while searching three subjects during a traffic stop near the intersection of Route 12 and Route 20 in Auburn, Massachusetts.

Unbeknownst to Trooper Hanna, the three men had been searching for a local business to rob. As he found a weapon on the first man the second man pulled out a .22 caliber handgun and shot Trooper Hanna. All three subjects were arrested and sentenced to life in prison.

The George Hanna Award was named in honor of Trooper Hanna and is the highest medal a Massachusetts law enforcement officer can receive.

Trooper Hanna had served with the Massachusetts State Police for nine years and was assigned to C Troop. He was survived by his wife and three children.

Bio

  • Age 36
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I am writing this on Feb.26 2020 the 37th anniversary of Trooper Hanna’s death. We lived about 3 doors down from his family in Holliston Mass. Trooper Hanna was very involved in the well-being of our neighborhood and created a play space for the neighborhood kids. I will never forget the shock and sadness of watching the TV bulletin announcing his death that night. I hope others remember today what a fine man and an exemplary State Trooper he was.

Robert Cohen
neighbor

February 26, 2020

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