The Hanna Memorial Awards for Bravery is an annual award ceremony named after Trooper George L. Hanna, who lost his life serving the Commonwealth on February 26, 1983.  Trooper Hanna began his career on October 15, 1974 and served nearly ten years with the Massachusetts State Police.

On Saturday, February 26, 1983, Trooper Hanna conducted a motor vehicle stop in the town of Auburn.  Three men and two women were in the vehicle, and when Trooper Hanna removed the occupants for questioning, he was instantaneously shot six times by one of the male suspects.  He died later that evening in a Worcester hospital, leaving behind his wife Marilyn, and three children, Deborah, Kimberly, and Michael.  His three assailants are serving life sentences.

The Hanna Awards, which have been held annually since 1983, have become a symbol of prestige, within both the law enforcement community and the Commonwealth as a whole.  It is an opportunity to publicly recognize the bravery of members of the law enforcement community who put their lives on the line by dedicating themselves to safety throughout Massachusetts.

Nominations of police officers who performed acts of bravery during the period of January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015 must follow the guidelines found in the Hanna Awards Criteria document.

Nomination forms must be fully completed and should provide the Hanna Awards Selection Committee with a full, detailed narrative of the incident(s) and the nominee's conduct (Nomination forms can be found here:). All nomination forms must be received by June 7, 2016 and sent to the attention of Cheri Rolfes at the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, One Ashburton Place-2133 Boston, MA 02108.  You can also email them directly to .

George L. Hanna Memorial Awards for Bravery Criteria pdf format of Hanna_Awards_Criteria.pdf

George L. Hanna Memorial Awards Nomination Form pdf format of Hanna_Nomination_Form.pdf