Trooper Clifford Hansell

Clifford “Cliff” R. Hansell was born on August 1, 1961, in Milton, Florida.  His family eventually moved to Illinois where he graduated from Arcola High School.  At the age of 20, Hansell enlisted in the United States Army serving three years as a member of the Airboren Ranger Unit.


The desire to serve lead to the Washington State Patrol.  Hansell’s career began on December 30, 1985, as a trooper cadet with the Seattle Crime Laboratory.  Hansell transferred to Mansion Security in three months later before joining the 64th Trooper Cadet Class.


Trooper Cadet Hansell married Mary L. Baker in March of 1985.  The pair divorced the following year.  He remarried to Lisa S. Marino on November 28, 1986 and became step-father to Angela Marino.


Trooper Hansell was commissioned on January 9, 1986, assigned to South King County.  He transferred the following month to Bellevue.


Tragically, Trooper Hansell would only serve six months as a commissioned trooper.  On July 22, 1987, Hansell was responding to a collision scene when he collided with a semi-truck on North Central Avenue in downtown Kent. Hansell sadly sustained fatal injuries during the crash.


Trooper Clifford Hansell died on July 22, 1987, at the age of 25 as a result of a collision with a semi-truck.  Trooper Hansell had served 17 months with the Washington State Patrol.


Trooper Hansell's widow, Lisa, lives in Olympia and is married to Retired Sergeant Ken Harkcom, who is an investigator for the Office of the Insurance Commissioner.  Trooper Hansell's step-daughter, Angela, works for the Risk Management Division in Olympia and is married to George Rutt, who works for the Navy in Bremerton.  Her son, Kayden, is 10 years old and their daughter, Isabella, will turn 7 in September.  Clifford's dad and step-mom (John and Pat) live in California.  His sister, Dyanna, resides in Marysville, California.


On May 20, 2016, a dedication ceremony of the memorial to honor and remember King County Troopers was held at the Bellevue District Office.  When you visit the Bellevue District Office, take a moment to stop by the beautiful memorial that was created in remembrance of King County Troopers.

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Memorial dedicated to Trooper Clifford R. Hansell, located at the Bellevue District Office.

Washington State Patrol

Trooper Clifford Hansell 
End of Watch – July 22, 1987 
Gone But Never Forgotten