AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The crash left him unable to speak and in a state of semi-consciousness. The 45-year-old is the first Covina police officer to die from injuries received while on-duty. “His body finally failed but his spirit never died,” Raney said. Hanson, a 22-year veteran of the department, was buried at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora wearing his uniform and his badge. In honor of him, the department will never use his number again – Sergeant No. 4. “I’m honored to represent the law enforcement community and the 37 million Californians who share the grief of the family and friends of Scott Hanson,” said state Attorney General Bill Lockyer, who was among the politicians who attended the funeral. He said Hanson didn’t choose his date of birth or his date of death. “But the dash between those dates was his. He made wonderful choices. We acknowledge and honor him for the choices he made,” Lockyer said. Officers from West Covina, Azusa, La Verne, El Monte, Arcadia, Claremont, La Habra, Glendale, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles County Fire Department paid their respects to Hanson. The Covina City Council and El Monte Councilman Juventino Gomez were also in attendance. “Scott Hanson was a godly and honorable man who went above and beyond to serve this community,” said Covina Councilman John King. “It was an honor for me to meet him and to know he was serving on our police force. He was a truly wonderful man.” On Aug. 12, 2003, Hanson celebrated his 20th anniversary with the Covina Police Department and the completion of a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Chapman University. Two days later, his patrol car was hit by a van on Citrus Avenue at Badillo Street. The cruiser spun and struck a wall. The collision left Hanson unable to speak and in a state of semi-consciousness. He died at Doctor’s Hospital in West Covina on July 3. “He was a gentleman’s gentleman. Intelligent, analytical, practical and compassionate,” said county fire Capt. Randy Alva, a longtime friend who met him when they worked at the Fox Theater in the 1970s. Hanson was the fourth child in a family of seven. Even as a child, he showed hints of the police officer he would become. His sister, Sherrie Williams, said that when he played with a younger sister, he always had to be the good guy. Williams said her brother was the kind of officer who didn’t relish arresting people and was upset when he caught a teenage boy with LSD. He felt bad that the teen damaged his future for a few hits of acid, she said. Hanson is survived by his wife, Allison; son, Andrew, and daughter, Sarah; his mother, Ursula; his brothers, Don, Chuck and Ken; and his sisters, Sherrie Williams, Kerrie Dennis and Jerrie Foss. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sgt. Scott Hanson grew up in Covina, fell in love with a local girl, joined the city Police Department and raised a family there. He kept close ties with boyhood friends but befriended many others, made time to be there for his son’s games and worried about the children in the city he patrolled. “He was a good, good man,” said Covina police Chief Kim Raney. On Tuesday, about 1,000 of his friends, family and colleagues gathered at St. Louise De Marillac Roman Catholic Church to bid farewell to Hanson, who died last week from injuries suffered when his patrol car and a van collided on Aug. 14, 2003.