Officer Alan H. Hansen

Officer Alan H. Hansen

Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona

End of Watch Thursday, July 19, 1973

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Alan H. Hansen

Officer Alan Hansen was injured when a Santa Fe railroad propane tanker exploded in Kingman.

The explosion and ensuing fire covered two acres of the Kingman business district at 2:09 pm. Officer Hansen was one of the first officers on the scene and suffered severe burns while trying to rescue other victims.

He was taken to the Kingman Hospital and then to Maricopa County General Hospital, where he died from his injuries two weeks later. The explosion killed a total of 13 people, including several firefighters, and injured 112 more.

Officer Hansen had served with the Arizona Department of Public Safety for 12 years. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter, father, foster mother, and foster brother.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 204

Incident Details

  • Cause Explosion
  • Incident Date Thursday, July 5, 1973

explosion, fire, rescue

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Officer Hansen,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Arizona. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 19, 2023

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