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Name : Hansen, Kenneth 

Rank: P.O.

Shield #: 6679 Command: Harbor Unit
Date of Death: 1991-06-11   Cause of Death: Drowned on patrol
 Officer Kenneth Hansen, 26, drowned after apparently suffering a leg cramp while posing as a victim during an air-sea rescue training operation in the water off Battery Park. He was wearing street clothes and no life vest when he disappeared beneath the murky water while waiting for a lifeline from a helicopter hovering overhead. Officer Hansen was reported missing and his body was recovered from New York Harbor in Lower Manhattan the next day.   
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Comments from Friends    
Although I did not personally know Kenny I sure felt as if I did. I got into the unit about a year after his unfortunate death. From all that knew and worked with this fine young man and outstanding Harbor Cop, he was definatly an asset to the NYPD and a real nice guy with a bright future ahead of him. My prayers are with him and his deep routed Family. Never Forget.
— Paul Arrigo

I was the project manager at Gladding-Hearn shipbuilding when we built the Kenny Hansen and several other patrol boats for the NYPD Harbor Unit. The people I worked with in the the Harbor Unit (Mike Murphy, Bob Jahrns, etc.) were great people. I came accross this web site because I was looking for a write up on Kenny Hanson. I need the information to make a point to another other police unit that I work with now regarding life jackets. I have a picture that was taken of Kenny's father driving the vessel from the flying bridge. A picture is worth a thousand words, but the write up on this site along with the photo should make my point just fine. I'll always remember my involvement with the NYPD Harbor Unit and the names of the officers that grace the sides of the vessel we built. Mike McGurl Harbor Express Quincy, MA
— Mike McGurl

I was there the day Kenny died. I can still see him standing on the deck of the Cigarette Boat piloted by Charlie A. Me, Johnny Cummings, Tommy Byrnes, and Gene O'Hara were on Launch 8 and watched the whole tragedy unfold. Thinking back I still get a feeling of surrealism. I remember how quickly Johnny Cummings jumped into action - "suiting-up_ in his drysuit and hitting the water to look for Kenny in a matter of minutes. I remeber the quick response by everybody in hopes of finding Kenny treading water somewhere nearby. I remember as time passed and hopes grew thin the talk of how Kenny, if anyone, could still be safe. "He's a strong swimmer," they said. "We'll find him holding onto a piling, smokin' a butt and laughing" at how long it took us to find him. I also remember the moment when Charlie Fishman brought Kenny to the surface. The feeling of relief, mixed with utter heartbreak went through all of us. I'll never forget those two days as long as I live. I'll never forget the bravery, hard work, and unselfishness of everyone involved in trying to find Kenny. Men like John Cummings, Kevin Brodley, Ray Nalpant, Doug Hermann, Gene O'Hara, Mike Lucere, John Girani, Mike Riv, and many many more. Kenny didn't deserve to die so young because he made the lives of all around him brighter. His wit, smile, laugh, and mere presence will always remain with the Harbor Unit, especially Harbor Charlie, I'm certain. I've been away from the Harbor Unit for nearly 10 years, but I remember that day as if it were yesterday. Kenny, in a short time you touched my life and made me appreciate how special our time here on earth is. Maybe, Kenny, that was your gift from God..to touch us all in that way? If it was, Bro, you did it well. I think of you and your family often, and you are all in my prayers. God Bles and stay safe. LT Dennis Schoeller, US Navy Kabul,Afghanistan - 22 September 2004
— Dennis Schoeller

Photos of Launch No 4 "P.O. Kenny Hanson" as well as photos of the memorial to Kenny can be viewed at the following website: http://bentwheelclub.org/hansen/index.htm My father worked with both Kenny and his father John and they were two of his favorite people to work with.
— Bill Smith

On the morning of July 15,1986 while being sworn into the New York City Police Department at NY Tech in Brooklyn I stood next to a "baby faced" recruit that would have an impact on the rest of my life. "PPO Kenneth Hansen" we used to call him Ricky Schroeder and go figure the real Ricky ended up doing a couple of seasons on the TV show. We ended up in the same company (86-53) and remained the best of friends until that tragic day in June 91. Remember getting pulled out in front of the entire gym class in the academy and getting yelled at because we were goofing off. I will never forget the one person that always made me laugh, that day we played soft ball while in NSU10 and some one was breaking into my car while I was up at bat and Kenny assured me that was not my car alarm blaring. We went back to my car after the game to find my windows smashed..... The great time we had in Ft. Lauderdale when we went on the spur of the moment for his birthday. In his final tour of duty he saved that guy that parachuted into the water the day we had the parade for the soldiers that returned from Desert Storm. He was always looking to help some one. Not a day goes by that I do not think about him and now almost 15 years later my children know him well as I always apeak of him as he is still here with me.
— Tony Medaglia

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: November 6, 2006, 9:20 am

Happy Easter pal, not a day goes by that I don't think of you.
— Tony Medaglia Ret.MOS
Posted: April 7, 2007, 10:57 am

Although I didn't know Kenny personally- I do remeber that tragic day.It was 17 Years ago today. I also recall how all of the MOS that did know Kenny had nothing but great things to say about him and his family. rest In Peace Kenny on your 17th Anniversary in Heaven.
— Trigger
Posted: June 11, 2008, 2:32 pm

Posted: April 1, 2009, 9:43 am

Rest in peace Frank Annunziata NYPD SCUBA (ret)
— Frank Annunziata
Posted: June 25, 2009, 4:25 am

Kenny, It's been 18 years since you were taken away from us but to your family the pain still feels like its yesterday. I wish you were here to see what has become of your family, your nieces and nephews they all have a little part of you in them especially your nephew john. your sister is always saying how he is just like you , whether its him being a class clown just to make his friends laugh or tuning your sister out just to make her blood boil then turning to me and laughing knowing he got under her skin. I always think of how it would be with you in the picture whenever we are all together as a family especially in the summer when we get together at woodloch pines. I know you would of been in your glory enjoying every minute with us.18 years ago on june 11th you went to work never to return. I still will never understand why ,when ,what,and how that happened to you that day. your family including your mom and dad and your two brothers and sister are the strongest people I've ever come across, but I know the pain there feeling will never leave there hearts. Love ya, Your brother inlaw and family Philip Mattiello
— Philip mattiello
Posted: July 14, 2009, 1:02 pm

I thought the date sounded familiar, my son Patrick died on that date in 2007. He worshipped you and was always looking forward to that ride on the Harbor boat that you always talked about. Wish I had let you take him and his brother, like you wanted. The solace I get from my son dying on that day is he is with one of his heroes. Kenny, it was a pleasure to know you. Your mother and father are two very special people, I see now where you got it from.
— Sharon Cesario
Posted: March 20, 2010, 3:03 pm

I knew Kenny from the neighborhood, Marine Park, Brooklyn. Kenny always had that infectious simle on his face and that bounce in his walk. He was a genuinely happy guy. Kenny always wanted to be a NYPD police officer. I believe he did a brief stint as a TBTA officer first at the Verrazano bridge and then went to the NYPD. When Kenny died, I felt like I lost a younger brother. He was too young to die and had so much more to give. I miss you buddy! Jim Byrnes Punta Gorda, Florida
— Jim Byrnes
Posted: March 25, 2010, 2:37 pm

God Bless you Hansen
— West Side Irish
Posted: June 12, 2010, 2:22 pm

you were my best friend for my entire stay in brooklyn. I think about you almost every day still. Rest well my friend. I will never get the image of your mom clutching the fence on a TV screen. I can hear your laugh, pCe
— james gillespie
Posted: July 3, 2010, 9:15 am

Iwas in the navy with a John Hansen stationed in Newfoundland in the 50's.I'm 73 years old and wonder if this is the same guy.
— Dennis Lind
Posted: September 12, 2010, 7:29 pm

Kenny today we honor you with your family as it's been 20 yrs since you've completed your final tour of duty.You will always be remembered and never forgotten.
— Tony Medaglia, Ret. MOS
Posted: June 10, 2011, 8:09 am

Worked with Kenny in NSU-10 back in 1/87 to 6/87. Hell of a sweet guy! When I heard a harbor PO drowned on the news, before they announced his name, I knew it was him. That was erie.
— Rich Lewis
Posted: February 28, 2012, 1:12 pm

I worked with kenny and his brother jimmy in the ny aquarium and remember both very well, always with a smile. kenny was the mischevious one. lol. I always wondered how jimmy was doing and this month always stuck in my head for him and his family.. I am so sorry.. time may pass but memeories stay always...if jimmy wishes to contact me my email address is marieshonda@aol.com... my regards again to you and your family at this time...
— marie faust
Posted: June 11, 2012, 11:28 am

PO Hansen, you lived not to far away. I knew you to say Hello and Good-bye. I remember this day as if it was still going on. You will never be forgotten. Keep watching over all of us like you have been. Rest in Peace Kenny.
— Tommy
Posted: June 12, 2013, 3:44 am

Kenny we continue to pray for you. Always on our minds and in our hearts. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: June 12, 2014, 6:10 am

I worked with Kenny at Brooklyn Union Gas reading meters prior to him leaving for Harbor Patrol. The thing I remember most is his good spirits & big smile. No matter where we had to work or what the weather was like he always had a positive attitude. I reread these atricles now & then & still cant belive this happened to such a great guy. Im sure he is still missed by many & its great to see they built a boat in his honor. "Only the Good Die Young" 26yrs old unbelievable.
— Roger Menze
Posted: October 25, 2014, 7:44 am

Kenny always thought about,always remembered. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: June 2, 2015, 6:48 am

Rest in peace Kenny . I worked with you n your brother jimmy at the New York aquarium. We also have been trying to reach jimmy over the years if anyone knows you can contact marieshonda@.aol.com. Thank you
— Marie fsust
Posted: October 18, 2015, 11:40 am

25 years today you were taken from us. There's not a day that goes by that you are not in my thoughts. Your were a great friend and I miss you dearly.
— Bobby Hahn
Posted: June 10, 2016, 5:44 pm



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