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