Toms River Police Officer dies months after GSP accident

The Toms River police officer involved in a crash earlier this year, has died.

“It is with profound sadness and deep regret, that the Toms River Police Department announces the passing of Patrolman Brett Hansen badge # 412, at the age of 28,” the Department said. “He passed unexpectedly after a brave and valiant battle recovering from extensive injuries sustained in an off-duty motor vehicle accident in January.”

Tragically, Brett was involved in collision on the Garden State NJ Parkway on 01-04-17. Brett’s injuries were so severe that it took teams of surgeons and dedicated medical staff to initially save his life. It was a true miracle Brett survived that tragic night. His family sat by his bedside night and day, as did his brothers and sisters in Blue.

Brett joined the Toms River Police Department in August of 2015. He began his law enforcement career with the Camden County Police Department in March of 2013 after his graduation from the Ocean County Police Academy in May 2012.

“Brett was raised by his parents James and Laurie, along with his younger brother Tyler in Brick, NJ. He and his family are among the most humble and respectful people we’ve ever known. Brett was known to drop whatever he was doing to help others with whatever they needed. He was described as a “true blessing to his family and the neighborhood.” This was clear to anyone who had met Brett and to his coworkers. Above all, it was his dedication and unwavering love to his family that was truly inspiring. Much of Brett’s off duty time was spent with them and his extended family.

“Just days before his crash a man snapped this quick picture of his daughter and Officer Hansen. He went to Al’s Pizza with his 6 year old daughter for lunch, upon entering; they noticed an officer sitting alone. The little girl walked up to Brett to say hello and they chatted for about ten minutes, all along smiling and enjoying the conversation. This is the kind of police officer and man Brett was, the kind we all strive to be. He will be dearly missed by all.”

May he Rest in Peace.

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  1. Dear Family of TPD,
    I salute of this officer who truly provided community professional protection and community needs. I want say thank-you to the family and parents for hard working officer who will be truly missed and I am sorry for the lost of this great man. May you continue with good memories and good wording of this good officer.
    Mordekhai Globman (Salute)

  2. Very Sad. Any time a 28 yr old dies its tragic. When its a humble, kind public servant its even worse, as more ppl feel the loss. May his memory be a source of strength for this family and gis brothers and sisters in Blue.

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