Trooper George L. Hanna

Trooper George L. Hanna

Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts

End of Watch Saturday, February 26, 1983

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 remember George well. We were stationed in Washington DC while in the Navy. We used to travel home on the weekends together. After being discharged from the Navy we stayed in touch. He always invited me to his 4th of July parties and an occasional Red Sox game. A big man with a big heart. He is missed.

Fire Chief (Retired) Michael Bradford
Upton Fire Department

February 27, 2018

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