Detective Brent L. Hanger Washington State Patrol, Washington End of Watch: Thursday, August 6, 2015

Detective Brent L. Hanger | Washington State Patrol, WashingtonWashington State Patrol, Washington

Detective Brent L. Hanger

Washington State Patrol, Washington
End of Watch: Thursday, August 6, 2015

Biographical Info

Age: 47
Tour of Duty: 17 years
Badge Number: 938

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Heart attack
Date of Incident: August 6, 2015
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Chief John R. Batiste
Washington State Patrol
General Administration Bldg.
PO Box 42600
Olympia, WA 98504
Phone: (360) 596-4000

Detective Brent Hanger suffered a fatal heart attack while hiking into a remote area of Chinook Pass, near Yakima, to investigate reports of a marijuana grow operation.
He began to suffer chest pains and shortness of breath. Other detectives who were with him immediately called for assistance and started CPR after he collapsed, but were unable to revive him.
Detective Hanger had served with the Washington State Patrol for 17 years. He was survived by his wife and six children.

Washington State Patrol is mourning the loss of Detective Brent L. Hanger, who died Thursday while on assignment. He was 47.

Hanger collapsed Thursday while following up on a tip regarding a marijuana grow in Yakima County. He reported chest pain and labored breathing, according to Trooper Mark Francis, a spokesman for Washington State Patrol. Officers tried to resuscitate him before he died.

Hanger had worked with WSP in Whatcom County since 1998. He became a detective with the agency eight years ago.

The Washington native "was well liked, respected, and loyal to his family as well as his WSP family," a news release stated. "He was loved and will be missed tremendously by all that knew him."

In November 2000, Hanger received the Award of Merit for helping save the life of a person who had attempted suicide.

Hanger is survived by his wife and six children.

A memorial fund has been set up for Hanger’s family. Donations may be sent to the Washington State Patrol Memorial Foundation at P.O. Box 7544, Olympia, WA 98507. Donations should be labeled "Detective Hanger." Donations to this fund are not considered tax deductible.

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2 Responses to “Detective Brent L. Hanger Washington State Patrol, Washington End of Watch: Thursday, August 6, 2015”


  1. 1 Mary Anderson August 20, 2015 at 15:56

    Mu condolences to Detective Hanger’s friends and family.

  2. 2 Adolph C. Namlik, Chief of Police, Ret. September 1, 2015 at 20:58

    My sincere condolences and prayers go out to the family and fellow officers of Detective Brent L. Hanger of the Washington State Patrol.

    Respectfully,
    Adolph C. Namlik
    Chief of Police, Ret.
    Gowanda, N.Y.


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