Police Officer Bruce Hanley

Police Officer Bruce Hanley

Waterbury Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Saturday, December 13, 1997

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Bruce Hanley

Police Officer Bruce Hanley collapsed while chasing a suspect on September 19, 1982, after rupturing a lung wall.

After collapsing, Officer Hanley lapsed into a coma which he stayed in for 15 years until his death on December 12, 1997. The Waterbury Police Department kept Officer Hanley as a member of the department while he was in the coma.

Officer Hanley had served with the Waterbury Police Department for only 1 year at the time of the incident. He is survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 113

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Friday, November 19, 1982


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Thank you for your service Officer Hanley !!!!

Sergeant David Dufault (Ret)
Hartford Police Department
Hartford, CT

March 6, 2024

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