Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper George L. Hanna

Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts

End of Watch Saturday, February 26, 1983

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Reflections for Trooper George L. Hanna

Never forgotten by the Officers of the Boston Police Department

Retired Boston P.O. Robert E. Anthony Historian

February 26, 2022

May Trooper Hanna Rest In Peace and my condolences to his family. I had the pleasure of meeting Trooper Hanna before the incident.

He was a hard working loyal trooper, who was always out there doing his duty. At the time of this incident I was a patrolman with the Worcester Housing Police and assisted throughout the City of Worcester in the search for the suspects.

May the lord always bless his family and May Trooper Hanna Rest In Peace.

Angel Rosario, WHPD retired
Worcester Housing Authority Department of Public Safety

February 27, 2021

GOD BLESS TROOPER HANNA AND HIS FAMILY, THOUGH I DID NOT KNOW HIM I KNOW THE SACRAFICES MADE EACH AND EVERY DAY BY EVERYONE IN LAW ENFCEMENT . MY FATHER WAS A MASSACHUSETTS STATE TROOPER OF 37 YEARS AND IT WASN'T UNTIL HE RETIRED THAT I LEARNED JUST HOW MUCH HE SACRIFICED AND WENT THROUGH IN HIS 37YEARS. I'M SO PROUD TO SAY HE'S MY FATHER AND MY HEARO. POLICE EVERYWHERE PUT THERE LIVES AND ON THE LINE EACH AND EVERY DAY AND TO ALL OF YOU I THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND YOUR SACRIFICES. GOD BLESS TO TROOPER HANNA AND ALL IN LAW ENFORCEMENT..

Shawn Jordan and Trooper Barry D Jordan
Massachusetts state police troop F

May 4, 2020

Rest in peace Trooper Hanna.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 21, 2020

I am writing this on Feb.26 2020 the 37th anniversary of Trooper Hanna’s death. We lived about 3 doors down from his family in Holliston Mass. Trooper Hanna was very involved in the well-being of our neighborhood and created a play space for the neighborhood kids. I will never forget the shock and sadness of watching the TV bulletin announcing his death that night. I hope others remember today what a fine man and an exemplary State Trooper he was.

Robert Cohen
neighbor

February 26, 2020

Today, February 26, 2018 the Massachusetts State Police takes a moment to honor and remember Trooper George L. Hanna on this his 37th anniversary. May he continue to rest in peace knowing that his memory, sacrifice and family have not been forgotten.

Tpr. Thomas E. Dolan (Ret)
Massachusetts State Police

February 26, 2020

Dad, I will forever have an empty spot in my heart from your loss. You will forever be my HERO. There is not a single day that I do not think of you. I look at my children and think of what was robbed from them in not meeting you. I LOVE you and MISS you more than any words could say. By saying them they feel empty but my heart hurts like when we lost you now even after 37 years. Until we meet again!

Deborah Hanna-Kearney
Daughter, Massachusetts State Police

February 12, 2020

I had the pleasure to have known George as a casual acquaintance. We met at the YMCA in Framingham, MA and were on a similar swimming schedule. Despite our minimal interaction, George made a lasting impression on me as being a very special human being. To this day, I miss him and wish that the "rules of engagement" between police officers and those who break our laws would be far more protective for our officers. An officer should have the authority to demand that the driver of a motor vehicle which was determined to have broken the law exit the vehicle with both hands above the head and in plain view. Had this been the case in 1983, a great man would be with us today with his wife and three grown children.

Dr. Kenneth J. Backman
fellow swimmer at Framingham, MA YMCA

August 10, 2019

Meet trooper while training my K-9 saber at Framingham had nice talk I was just going thru some old documents found his story brought back good memories was at the funeral with Billerica honor guard sad sad day

Ret Sgt keith Weston
Billerica police dept

May 31, 2019

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

Remembering my beautiful brother George. It’s been 35 years and I continue to miss you everyday. You died a hero protecting others just as you protected me as a little girl. You will always be my big brother, my hero...Always loved, never forgotten and forever missed

MSP family
Sister

February 26, 2018

Today, February 26, 2018 the Massachusetts State Police takes a moment to honor and remember Trooper George L. Hanna on this his 35th anniversary. May he continue to rest in peace knowing that his memory, sacrifice and family have not been forgotten.

Tpr. Thomas E. Dolan
Massachusetts State Police

February 26, 2018

Today, February 26, 2017, the Massachusetts State Police takes a moment to honor and remember Trooper George L. Hanna on this his 34th anniversary. May he continue to rest in peace knowing that his memory, sacrifice and family have not been forgotten.

Tpr. Thomas E. Dolan
Massachusetts State Police

February 26, 2017

Today, Friday, February 26th the Massachusetts State Police honors and remembers Trooper George L. Hanna on this his 33rd anniversary. May he continue to rest in peace knowing that his memory, sacrifice and family have not been forgotten.

Tpr. Thomas E. Dolan
Massachusetts State Police

February 26, 2016

After 33 years you would think that this would get easier. I still miss you just as much as that day you were murdered. I remember that day watching you drive up the hill in your cruiser and wished that I had told you to stay at home with me. I love and miss you everyday of my life Dad until we meet again...Love your Daughter Deborah

Deborah J. Hanna-Kearney
Massachusetts State Police

February 23, 2016

After his son's death, George Hannah Sr. and I often encountered each other on a track that was then behind a smaller YMCA. The conversation invariably focused on the death penalty and ended with a tacit disagreement. Now, long after his following the dying of his son, I notice, on one side, a different catharsis and, faintly included in my own side, a desire to have this dying thing legislated out of existence.

Two days ago, I awoke thinking of George Sr. and of how easily it would have been while on that track simply to thank him for instilling in his son such caring for the well-being of our community as to place himself in harm's way on its behalf.

If anyone reading this, feels that it is about them, then go with that feeling and accept my thanks.

Civilian
I knew the officer's father.

August 21, 2015

Today, your Brothers and Sisters of the Massachusetts State Police honor and remember you on this your 26th anniversary. May you continue to rest in peace knowing that your memory and sacrifice have not been forgotten.

Tpr. Thomas E. Dolan
Massachusetts State Police

February 26, 2015

Still miss you George. You will always be my hero. I was so blessed to have you as my best friend. I will never forget that day in February when I received that horrible news. We will hang out together again someday good buddy. You Do Do, Mick and me. Love you forever.

Paul

Paul Murphy
Best friend

April 16, 2014

Today your Brothers and Sisters of the Massachusetts State Police
honor your memory and sacrifice on this your 31st anniversary. May you continue to rest in peace knowing that you and your family have not been forgotten.

Tpr. Thomas E. Dolan
Massachusetts State Police

February 26, 2014

I just saw this page and read all the wonderful things said about my dad...I miss him every day but know he looks over me and my family. He was a great man, husband and dad! Dad...I tell your grandchildren all the time as to how special you were...I just wish we would have had more time with you. I know you are watching over me and you know have both Nanny and Grampy up there with you....Love you always!!

Love your daughter, Kim

Kim
Daughter

October 6, 2013

R.I.P Trooper Hanna we thank you for your service. God Bless

S/A-Retired
Conrail Police

April 10, 2013

In memory of George's 30th year I have started a 'Trooper George L. Hanna Memorial Scholarship' to a NHS graduating senior who is pursuing a college degree in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement.

He was my big brother who loved helping others and was there for me always...

Wanted to share his prayer... This was over his visor in his cruiser; '668 C' the night of the tragedy...
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see... the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope that I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone......

Miss You...
Love, Molly Hanna-Glidden

Sister of the late Trooper Hanna
sister

February 27, 2013

Trooper George L. Hanna - February 26, 1983
From your Brothers and Sisters of the Massachusetts State Police, we honor your memory today on this your 30th anniversary. May you continue to rest in peace knowing you and your family have not been forgotten.

Trooper Thomas E. Dolan
Massachusetts State Police

February 26, 2013

GOD Bless You Trooper Hanna

Dave Nollett
Brother Officer (RET)

October 23, 2012

Georgie -I'll never forget the night you left us. It doesn't seem possible that 29 years have past. Such a loss felt by so many people.
I remember dancin with you at a benefit for Uncle Eddie 2 weeks before. How you towered over me!!!!
I remember all the cookouts-you playin the piano for the Aunts. But most of all, I remember seeing #668 flyin past me on Rt 290, going after all the bad guys. You are forever in our hearts!!!! R.I.P cous!!!!

Teresa Prunier
cousin

February 26, 2012

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