Image: Brent L. Hanger
Image: Brent L. Hanger

Brent L. Hanger


January 28, 1968 - August 06, 2015

On August 6, 2015, Washington State Patrol Detective and Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force Officer Brent L. Hanger was participating in a joint WSP and DEA marijuana eradication effort on public lands outside of Yakima, Washington. This operation was conducted as part of the Seattle, Washington Field Division’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication and Suppression Program. TFO Hanger was hiking with other members of the Reconnaissance and Arrest Team following a tip about a suspected large-scale outdoor grow operation when he suffered chest pains which required immediate medical attention.  Attempts by on-scene medical personnel to revive TFO Hanger proved unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead on the scene.

Task Force Officer Hanger began his career with the Washington State Patrol in March 1999. At the time of his passing, he worked out of the DEA Bellingham Resident Office while assigned as an investigative detective to the Whatcom County Drug and Gang Task Force. In June 2009, TFO Hanger became actively involved in eradication efforts on public and tribal lands throughout Washington. TFO Hanger was a certified helicopter short haul master. He was a key member of the Reconnaissance and Arrest Team, responsible for apprehending individuals tending to and overseeing large outdoor marijuana grow operations.

Task Force Officer Hanger was survived by his wife, Lisa; and their six children, Emily, Erin, Kailey, Erik, Kyle, and Kevin.

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