Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: August 6, 2015
Contact: Trooper Mark Francis or Sergeant Kurt Rudeen
Phone: Trooper Francis: (425) 508-0793; Sergeant Rudeen: (360) 913-7078
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Twitter: @wspd7pio

Line of Duty Death

On August 6, 2015, the Washington State Patrol (WSP) lost one of our own. Detective Brent L. Hanger, suffered from a medical episode while following up on a tip regarding a marijuana grow in Yakima County.

Detective Hanger was hired by the WSP on July 9, 1998, and commissioned on March 1, 1999. He graduated with the 82nd Trooper Basic Training Class and was assigned to District 7 Burlington. Detective Hanger was a detective for eight years and was assigned to District 7 in Whatcom County his entire career. He was well liked, respected, and loyal to his family, as well as his WSP family.

On November 27, 2000, Detective Hanger received the Award of Merit for assisting in saving the life of a suicidal person.

Detective Hanger was a native of Washington and is survived by his wife, six children, and a host of family and friends. He was loved and will be missed tremendously by all that knew him.