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Patrol Officer Harry Biddington Hanson, Jr. | Anchorage Police Department, Alaska Anchorage Police Department, Alaska

Patrol Officer

Harry Biddington Hanson, Jr.

Anchorage Police Department, Alaska

End of Watch: Thursday, July 17, 1986

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 119 years

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Police Officer Harry Hanson was shot and killed while searching for a suspect who had shot at another officer.

After shooting at the first officer the suspect stole her cruiser and fled. He crashed into a wall and began fleeing on foot. Officer Hanson arrived, leaving his canine in his cruiser, and began tracking the suspect with a second canine officer. As they approached the suspect's hiding place he opened fire, striking Officer Hanson in the neck. Other officers returned fire, striking the suspect several times. He was arrested and sentenced to 119 years.

Officer Hanson had served with the Anchorage Police Department for eight years. He is survived by his wife and five children.

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I was recently invited to a fundraising event for Dollars for Dogs on October 24th, 2015. I was just looking at their web page and started to think about Jim so I found this site so I thought I'd share a memory. Although I haven't been involved with Dollars for Dogs, I'm well aware of, and truly support the effort. I met Jim when he became K-9 Baron's handler. I was Baron's "mom" prior to him becoming a K-9. I raised him from a puppy until I donated him to APD, where Jim was assigned as his handler. He and Jim went to Redondo Beach for their K-9 training shortly thereafter. I had a very close relationship with Baron; he was my buddy. I worked for the State Troopers at the time and knew APD needed K-9's and I wanted to contribute. Baron was so smart and talented...he needed a real job and I thought this would be a good fit for him. It was tough to let him go and I missed him terribly. As time went on, Jim and I became good friends. He was very sweet and understanding and knew that the dog and I missed each other. He did what he could to included me in Baron's life and new job. I worked nights at the State Troopers and Jim would often bring Baron by to visit me at work on his lunch break. I was even able to ride patrol a few times and watch them in action! It was truly a blessing for me and Baron to have such a great handler and caregiver in Jim. A few years later, Jim brought a female shepherd over from Germany and bred her to Baron. I was interested in a puppy so I went to their home in Chugiak to pick one out. I remember all of the dogs playing in the yard with Jim and his children. Baron loved his new family and kids. So, I got one of his pups that I had 12 wonderful years with. What a fabulous dog and companion! Eventually I went to work at APD Dispatch, where I was working the night Jim lost his life. What a wonderful, kind man, incredible officer and K-9 handler. I'm honored to have been part of their lives. I know they are both at peace and missed very much.

September 28, 2015


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