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Trooper George L. Hanna | Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts


George L. Hanna

Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Saturday, February 26, 1983

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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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.

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After his son's death, George Hannah Sr. and I often encountered each other on a track that was then behind a smaller YMCA. The conversation invariably focused on the death penalty and ended with a tacit disagreement. Now, long after his following the dying of his son, I notice, on one side, a different catharsis and, faintly included in my own side, a desire to have this dying thing legislated out of existence.

Two days ago, I awoke thinking of George Sr. and of how easily it would have been while on that track simply to thank him for instilling in his son such caring for the well-being of our community as to place himself in harm's way on its behalf.

If anyone reading this, feels that it is about them, then go with that feeling and accept my thanks.

I knew the officer's father.
August 21, 2015


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