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Officer Alan H. Hansen

Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona

End of Watch Thursday, July 19, 1973

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Reflections for Officer Alan H. Hansen

My thanks to Officer Alan Hansen and for his selfless duty to the people of Arizona.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona

July 19, 2018

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

July 9, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th 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 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.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 19, 2010

Officer Hansen,
On today, the 35th 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.

R.I.P.
Anonymous

Anonymous

July 19, 2008

Alan,
We have never forgotten you.This Saturday, July 5th 2008, Kingman will gather to remember your sacrifice to protect and serve.You and all of your brother firefighters are forever in our hearts.
Chief Bill Kinsey Kingman Fire 1975 -1993 , currently serving Bullhead Fire.

Bill Kinsey Division Chief
Bullhead City Fire

July 3, 2008

"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
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

November 14, 2007

This past weekend, as some of us California Cowboys saw GILLEY’S in Las Vegas close for the last time, I ran into a California Cowgirl who has returned home to Kingman, Arizona. When many think of Kingman, they probably think of the great rodeo events. Having been trained by LAPD “old-timers,” visions of a horrific train explosion comes to my mind. I wanted so badly to ask her if she remembered the event, but I did not want to bring a downer to an otherwise festive Vegas event.

Today, when I use the term BLEVE (boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion), cops look at me dumbfounded.

For you fellow historians: When a railroad tankcar or other closed container is exposed to flames above its liquid level for a period of time, the expanding vapor blows apart the container.

During the 1970’s there were several such incidents which come to mind. There were fatal railroad tankcar explosions that occurred in Crescent City, Illinois in 1970, Houston in 1971, Kingman, Arizona in 1973, and Waverly, Tennessee in 1978.

Officer Hansen along with twelve firefighters died as a result of the Kingman BLEVE. Their unfortunate deaths led to changes in response to such incidents, by fire departments throughout the U.S.

May Their Souls Rest-In-Peace.

Maj M. B. Parlor
USMC / LAPD

July 19, 2007

Rest in Peace, Officer Hansen. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

March 14, 2007

Alan,

On the day of the explosion I was a Kingman PD Officer. I drove you to the hospital and remember how calm you were. The explosion took place at 1320 hours on 7-5-1973. We were all caught off guard but you were in the lead serving your community and friends. It was a pleasure to know you.

Rusty

Denis "Rusty" McBride

December 23, 2006

Brother Hansen,

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Respectfully,
You’re Brothers in Blue


Untouchables LE Motorcycle Club

January 10, 2006

Your sacrifice remains with us each day. We carry on in your memory. Rest assured we remember.

Narcotics Sergeant
AZDPS

November 10, 2005

Alan, I instruct a course on officer safety involving railroads. Your memory is honored by each officer in every class I teach. God bless.

Special Agent Dennis Duncan
Norfolk Southern Railway Police

February 21, 2004

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