Long Island, NY - NYPD Officer Michael Hance, age 44, died on Sunday, March 12, 2017, from a 9/11-related illness.
According to the New York Daily News, Officer Hance worked the bucket brigade after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. He was diagnosed with brain cancer in November, 2016.
Officer Hance had fell in front of his home and complained of being dizzy just before he was diagnosed. He fought the cancer but it spread rapidly to his lungs, liver, and chest.
He was assigned to the 111th Precinct in Bayside, Queens. He earned his GED after struggling in school many years ago and then attended State University of New York-Binghamton where he earned a degree in Mental Health Services. Officer Hance was a 17-year veteran of the NYPD.
Officer Michael Hance was honored in 2005 by the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association for saving the life of an infant who choked on a Lego. His brother Peter Hance said that he loved 'being a cop' and 'that it was in his blood.'
Officer Hance is survived by two daughters, Kaitlyn, age 12, and Jenna, age 10, and other family members.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Officer Michael Hance, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take it from here. Thank you for your service.
Officer Michael Hance, your life mattered.
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