In Memoriam Officer Michael Hance
Commissioner James P. O’Neill of the New York Police Department sadly reports the death of Officer Michael Hance.
Officer Hance, 44, died as a result of a rare brain cancer that developed following his assignment to Ground Zero and the search and recovery efforts after the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Hance was one of hundreds of first responders that were subjected to airborne toxins for months as they completed their daily assignments in the hazardous environment. He was diagnosed in November of last year following a fall at his home when he complained of feeling dizzy. Tests revealed the cancer, which spread rapidly to his lungs, chest and liver.
Officer Hance “danced into the hearts of millions” of people as he was caught on video twerking with Aaron Santis during the 2015 Gay Pride parade in downtown New York. The video has been viewed on YouTube.com close to eight million times.
Officer Hance was assigned to the 111th Precinct in Queens and served the NYPD for seventeen years.
He is survived by his fiance, Melanie; two daughters, Kaitlyn, 12 & Jenna, 10; his parents, siblings and an extended family.
Officer Michael Hance is gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Sunday, March 12, 2017.
(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)