37 Massachusetts police officers and troopers honored at Hanna Award ceremony

Police officers and troopers from across the state were honored today for their heroism at a State House ceremony. The Hanna Award, named for Massachusetts State Trooper George L. Hanna, is the highest award for valor a Massachusetts law enforcement officer can earn.

“Massachusetts respects the many brave police officers and state troopers who put themselves in harm’s way each and every day,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. “The Hanna Awards provides an opportunity to honor those public servants who have made extraordinary sacrifices for the protection, safety, and greater good of our Commonwealth.”

“Each recipient deserves more than a medal to commemorate the courageous acts they perform in the course of duty every day,” said Public Safety Secretary Mary Beth Heffernan. “But know that when we present these symbols of our esteemed appreciation, it comes with the full weight of the Commonwealth for what these men and women have done and what they will do to protect and serve our citizens.”

Please click on the links above to view the official press release and the Officer Down Memorial Page remembrance of Trooper Hanna. Click here for more pictures of the ceremony.

Trooper George L. Hanna

from the State Police Association of Massachusetts (SPAM) website memorial page

About Attorney John J. MacLaughlan

John MacLaughlan is Massachusetts licensed attorney as well as a Boston police officer. John is currently assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force (Gang Unit). He is a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Law with a concentration in Labor Law. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell as well as a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. John has taught Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Use of Force, Applied Patrol Procedures, and Police Response to Active Shooters to sworn police officers and police academy recruits. Prior to becoming a Boston Police Officer, John served for 9 years as a police officer in Lowell, where he was a member of the Police Dive Team and Patrol Rifle Team.
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