Sheriff Ralph J. Hansen

Sheriff Ralph J. Hansen

Ransom County Sheriff's Department, North Dakota

End of Watch Saturday, May 5, 1962

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Ralph J. Hansen

Sheriff Hansen drowned after saving a boy who had fallen into the Sheyenne River on the first day of fishing season. The sheriff dove in after the boy and was able to push him to safety but was pulled under by the river's strong currents. His body was recovered two hours later.

Sheriff Hansen had served as sheriff for 4 years. He was survived by his father, two brothers, and three sisters.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 50th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 6, 2012

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