Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman David T. Hancock

Montgomery Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, December 11, 1976

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Reflections for Patrolman David T. Hancock

Officer Hancocks Mother was my neighbor I met him a few times was a great officer .

James Moore

December 13, 2021

I was working the Fire and Ambulance Board at the Montgomery County Radio Room Dispatch Center that night. I had the privilege of driving most of the County Dispatchers who were working that night in my Assistant Fire Chief's Car for the Norristown Fire Department in the Funeral Procession for David. He continues to be missed.

Edward E Bock, Retired Dispatcher 62
Montgomery County Public Safety Communications & Norristown Fire D

June 10, 2021

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

December 11, 2020

Rest in peace Patrolman Hancock.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 20, 2020

Dave Hancock you were a true gentleman still after all these years I remember you .your visit to England with your wife Mary daughter Linda and son David everywhere you went you took me too I will never forget you my friend may you rest in peace forever

Friend of family

October 2, 2018

I was 15 at the time and lived on the other side of he mall. I will never forget your sacrifice. Thank you for your service.

Det Sgt Russ Closs
Perkasie Borough Police Dept.

December 12, 2016

Well Dave, it's been 40 years since your life was taken by that worthless POS, and my life along with many other lives were changed forever. I often wonder, and try to understand what purpose this served in the grand scheme of things in this complex world, but I haven't yet been rewarded with any kind of explanation that sounds reasonable to me. So to you I say, continue to rest in peace, knowing that as long as I am alive, and everyone else who's life you touched, you will not be forgotten.
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Sgt. George McLeer
Montgomery Twp Police Dept

December 11, 2016

Sitting here with my grandchildren telling them my father and my hero al the good times we had all the laughs we shared and them speacial memories wishing you were here to have those memories again i know your watching over us miss you dad your son David T Hancock

David T Hancock

October 18, 2014

Dave, my precious brother, you still live in my heart and the hearts of your nieces and nephews. When you passed, a part of me went with you. You were not only my brother, but a dear friend. You would have been there even for the one who took your life. I guess God felt you had filled your purpose on this troubled earth and wanted you there with him.

Lillian Hancock Quirk

December 13, 2013

It is now 36 years past. and i still miss a friend.
I was with the VMSC ambulance on many ambulance calls were David on the scene assiting us.
I was also on duty the night we lost you.
Good bye, friend

Richard L Hessler
former VMSC ambulance member

December 11, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 35th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

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

December 30, 2011

I worked with Dave up at Montgomery Square Mobil back in the summer of 1976 when I was only 17. Dave worked every other Saturday, part time. He worked for Con and Glen Zitzer. When news of his unfortunate and tragic Death hit the news, I remember having a deep pain of sadness for a long time. I knew Dave, and shared many stories with him. He was a wonderful human being and I still have vivid memories of him everytime I'm in Montgomeryville or up at the Mall

Mike Grasso
August 14, 2011

Mike Grasso
work mate

August 14, 2011

Growing up, my grandfather often spoke of his friendship with you and the memories that you shared. It was because of great cops like you and my grandfather that inspired me to enter into Law Enforcement. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. "In Valor there is Hope".

K-9 Officer Michael J. Lentz, Sr.
Oley Township Police Dept.

September 28, 2010

Now 33 years... Rest in Peace My Friend.

Sgt. George Mc Leer (Retired)
Montgomery Township Police Dept.

December 11, 2009

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

January 15, 2008

Here we are again sir one year later to honor and remember you as always.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

December 12, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

December 6, 2007

Thirty years today, but know that you are remembered by your brothers and sisters just as strongly today as you have ever been. Never forgotten, as it should be with a hero.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

December 11, 2006

I still miss you Dave, a lot.... Just remember, even after 30 years Hank Williams and Buddy Holly still rule!!

Your friend, partner, and room mate. George

Sgt. George Mc Leer
Montgomery Township Police Dept.

March 5, 2006

God bless you, Officer Hancock, for your noble service. You are a hero and will always be remembered. Rest in heavenly peace.

Karl Gwynne

November 14, 2004

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