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 agency 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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I never had the pleasure of meeting you. I joined the WPD in '84, after your accident.
I did go to see you with other officers.
You seemed to respond when the radio went off. I still think about you and your family,though.
May you be at peace.
And know you are not forgotten.

Officer (retired) Susan Coleman
Waterbury PD

February 4, 2022

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