Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Michael J. Hance

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, March 12, 2017

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Reflections for Police Officer Michael J. Hance

One of the many amazing men and women who gave so selflessly and heroically that day and the many days that followed. Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

March 12, 2021

Rest In Peace

Mark Mottola

March 12, 2020

Too many of my coworkers and far too many overall in and out of uniform were taken on 9/11 and will be taken from that date for many decades forward. Michael was a boxer, as I recall diagnosed near thanksgiving and taken scant months later.

PO McCaffery
NYPD (ret.)

February 5, 2020

Officer Hance, We have never met but I feel as though we are in part family, the Blue Family. Two days from now on May 10th I will be riding for three days over 250 miles on bicylce from Chesapeake, VA to Washington DC as I am participating in the Law Enforcement United Police Unity Tour 2019 Road To Hope. You see I have drawn the distinct honor and privelage of riding on your behalf and memory. I will do my best to honor and remember your sacrifice as well as make your family proud. You sir are a True Hero and I know there will always be a connection now for me to you. May you Rest in Peace Officer Michael Hance.

Sgt George Brozzo
Boykins Police Department (Portsmouth PD retired)

May 8, 2019

Rest in peace my brother. Another year in Heaven.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

March 12, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Hance.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 4, 2019

I pray that everyone will find comfort in Revelation 21:4, where it says "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." Until we can see all of our loved ones again in Paradise, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

August 21, 2018

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

I pray for solace and strength for everyone who misses and loves Michael . We will never forget the sacrifice made by each of the 9/11 heroes and their families.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

July 21, 2018

The memories and times shared as part of Company 00-17 Will always remain, and as your Spirit watches over us all from overhead, you will not be forgotten. Prayers for your family both blood and blue.

P.O. K**** F******
NYPD Harbor Unit

March 13, 2018

Officer Hance,
On today, the 1st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City and our Country as well. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 12, 2018

Fidelis ad Mortem

Fidelis ad Mortem

March 12, 2018

5 miles in your honor Sir. You are not forgotten.

Detective Michele Nelson
Riverside County Sheriff's Department

March 12, 2018

Rest in Peace Brother. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

March 12, 2018

You sir will forever be remembered not only for your action's in the recovery efforts of 9/11 but for your loving spirit all around! I was at New York City's Gay Pride a couple years ago and you were working security for us and you were so much fun dancing with everyone and letting us pick on you even though you were straight you made us feel safe and comfortable! Thank you Officer Hance!

Jeremy Rasler
Critical Care Technician & Rescue Diver

September 11, 2017

I find it sad that officer Michael Hance will be most remembered for the 12 second video showing him dancing with a gay man while standing post during the 2015 Pride Parade. While that was an uplifting moment, I believe that during his 17 year career he had accomplished many more things worth remembering. Surely all his work at the pile after 9-11 is worth our appreciation, especially since it caused his early death. So many of our first responders spent numerous months there after the attacks, helping with the rescue, recovery and cleanup work. God bless you Michael Hance, you and your family are in my prayers.

Sophia King
Cop's Mom

June 20, 2017



May 20, 2017

Rest in peace my brother. Lord, please watch over his family. Please Lord, bring them comfort in their time of need.

Sgt. K Ford.
NYPD (Ret)

May 20, 2017

Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service. As you join our brothers and sisters in the hall of heroes, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Vires et Honorem

Ptlm FrankKapusta
Mohawk PD

May 4, 2017

This is the kind of story that just makes you sit back, and jyust say Wow, For unknown reasons, Life just Isn't Fair, RIP Officer Michael Hance .......

Fred Ryder

April 13, 2017

Forgive but Never Ever Forget the hero's who ran to the sounds of chaos Let us hunt down and destroy all those who threaten us!

Retired Correctional Officer Ted Carr

April 7, 2017

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray Psalm 91 over all LEO’s and this prayer also:

“Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are Your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with Your angels, loving family, friends, neighbors and caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name and for Your Glory, Amen.”

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

I have lifted your family to God every morning for over six years. I pray that Michael's life and death will bring glory to His name.

Trust those prayers. God is with you; He knows and will ease your pain.

Our faith helps us to see beyond the grave.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

April 1, 2017

Rest In Peace brother

Detective JUAN TORO
New York City Police Department

March 31, 2017

You made me laugh and smile at your fun spirit even though I didn't know you personally. I'm sure we crossed paths since we were together on
9-11. I was much like you in that I loved to have fun and enjoy life with the people of NYC. Sorry you were taken from us so soon. May God look over you and your family.

Sgt Therese Garafalo

March 29, 2017

Dear Family, Friends, Department, Community, & Country ...
My Family sends Tearful condolences ...
May The Great Spirit Father of all Creation be near you with His Love & Comfort ...
May The Hope of His Son Shine in your Hearts as we All continue to walk Michael's Path & Serve His Memory well...
Thank you Michael & your Fellow Officers for your Brave & Unselfish Service ...
RIP Michael , Son of Valor, with Honor.
Gone from Our Arms ... Forever in Our Hearts ...

Ms. Karen Morgan PSY & LE GRAD.
Eagles Wing Baptist Church, Sisseton ,SD

March 27, 2017

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called sons of YHWH". Mattityahu 5:9

Rest In Peace, my brother. Thank you for your service. May GOD comfort your family and friends.

Retired Chief Jim Spratlen
Durango Police Department

March 26, 2017

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