Funeral service held for NYPD 9/11 responder in Bethpage

A funeral was held for Officer Michael Hance at the St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church in Bethpage.

A funeral was held for Officer Michael Hance at the St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church in Bethpage. (3/18/17)

BETHPAGE - Police officers lined the streets along Central Avenue in Bethpage Saturday morning to bid farewell to an NYPD 9/11 first responder who died this past week after battling brain cancer.

Officer Michael Hance, a Bethpage native, was 44, and the father to two young daughters. His funeral was held at the St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church.

Officer Hance was a 17-year veteran of the NYPD and worked the bucket brigade at the World Trade Center in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. He was diagnosed with brain cancer in November, which spread to his liver and lungs.

"He was someone very special, and we are a precinct – but we are also a family, so it hurts," said Danny Foran, of the NYPD.

Friends of Officer Hance did share stories about the lengths he would go to connect to the community he served. Most notably, a viral video of the officer dancing with a reveler at the 2015 gay pride parade.

"He was all about the community and all about having fun and, as you saw, he got some good moves," said Foran. "We are never going to forget Mike."

A GoFundMe account has almost raised $30,000 to help Officer Hance's family.

 

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