On January 26, 2014, Trooper Hansen parked his cruiser to protect the scene of a traffic crash and conduct an investigation on US 41. While retrieving traffic cones from the trunk of his cruiser, a driver lost control of his vehicle and struck Trooper Hansen and the rear of his cruiser. Tourniquets applied by members of the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office likely saved Hansen’s life.
Despite surgery to correct severely broken bones in both legs, Trooper Hansen’s right leg had to be amputated below the knee. Hansen worked tirelessly toward his goal of returning to his regular duties and in doing so, he joins a cadre of other officers across the country that have proven they can do the job as an amputee.
Wisconsin does have a Move Over Law that requires drivers to shift lanes if possible or at least slow down to create a safety zone for law enforcement vehicles, ambulances, fire trucks, tow trucks, highway maintenance and utility vehicles stopped on the side of a road with their warning lights flashing.
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