Tuesday, March 14, 2017

NYPD Officer Who Made Headlines for Twerking at Gay Pride Parade Dies of Sept. 11-Related Cancer


Sad to read about the passing of NYPD Officer Michael Hance, who raised eyebrows and made headlines in 2015 for twerking with a reveler at the city's Gay Pride parade. The Daily News reports that 17-year veteran of the NYPD, who worked the bucket brigade in the aftermath of the terror attack on the World Trade Center, died Sunday at 44 of cancer attributed to the tragedy. (Republicans claim to be the pro-cop party, yet fought tooth and nail against renewing the Zadroga Act, which helped pay for treatment for those who risked their lives on Sept. 11.)

 "He always liked to help people," his brother, Peter Hance, 45, told the Daily News. "He always liked to do good."


Hance, who worked out of the 111th Precinct in Bayside, Queens, was diagnosed with brain cancer in November after he fell in front of his home and complained of feeling dizzy, his brother said. As he fought the disease, the cancer spread to his lungs, liver and chest. Hance, who wasn't gay, uplifted the city's spirits two years ago when a cellphone video of him dancing on duty and in uniform with reveler Aaron Santis at the Manhattan pride parade to the Michael Jackson song "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" went viral. RIP.


The 13-second video has been viewed nearly 8 million times, said Paige Ponzeka, who recorded the unique New York moment.

19 comments:

  1. How very sad! Thanks for letting us know!

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  2. Made me cry. Policeman with a great heart and very supportive to gay community.

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  3. The angels welcome him as we are sad. Prayers for his family and his friends Lord hear our prayer feel our heavy hearts.

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  4. I agree with you this world is getting worst everyday I would love to have a brother like him RIP Mr. Michael

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  5. Is very sad! :'(
    Sending prayers for he's family!

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  6. RIP, cowboy prayers fer family and friends.

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  7. What a gentleman.

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  8. In heaven I am sure. RIP

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  9. This guy I like! So sad his country didn't do for him, what he deserved.

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  10. A good man with a good heart.

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  11. What a wonderful human being‼ The world needs more human beings like Officer Hance.
    May NYPD Officer, Michael Hance Rest In Peace.
    Condolences to his family and the NYPD.

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  12. It's is always the good people who go first. What an amazing individual who was comfortable enough with his own sexuality that he could do this and be okay! We lose good people like him yet get stuck with people like bannon (who looks like death) and twitler and any of the wall street swamp rats in his cabinet...this just proves their is no god!

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  13. Hate Cancer ... thank you for your service and protection, for supporting lgbtq, for being a free loving man to all. RIP

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  14. Brandon Collin8:14 PM

    RIP Hero! #NYPD #911NEVERFORGET

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  15. Anonymous8:32 PM

    Amen!

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  16. Angels always leave this earth early. Nyc hero. Prayers for his family and friends.

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  17. Anonymous12:45 AM

    Seemed like a wonderful person and a dedicated NYC cop - we lost a good one.

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  18. RIP MICHAEL HANCE. WE'LL NEVER FORGET YOU.

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