At the St. Martin of Tours Church, there was an outpouring of love and support in a sea of blue as NYPD officers paid their final respects to Officer Michael Hance.
The Bethpage resident, a loving father of two and 9/11 first responder lost his battle with cancer on March 12 at the age of 44.
"All these wonderful people are down there trying to save other people's lives. And little do they know, now their families and children; it's just so sad,” said attendee Kathy Devine.
Most people will remember Officer Hance by his big personality, and perhaps even better dance moves. A video of Officer Hance dancing at the New York City gay pride parade went viral back in 2015 and has more than eight million YouTube views.
The 17-year veteran of the force began his career in the 105th Precinct in Queens Village, and since then had been working for the 111th Precinct in Bayside, Queens, since 2008.
Fellow officers from his precinct had nothing but heartfelt words to share about the 9/11 hero.
"He was a great guy Mike, he was one of a kind. He's gonna be really missed," says Officer Darren DiBenedetto of the 111th Precinct.
Officer Ronald Leyson, also of the 111th Precinct says, "Hance came in every day, did his job, wasn't worried about what anyone else had to say, and did the right thing all the time."
Hance was diagnosed with cancer this past November from his time working at Ground Zero. Hance is one of six people to die this week of a 9/11 related illness.
“Five thousand nine hundred people have a 9/11-related cancer — that's certified. Now imagine how many who have cancer and their cancers are not certified yet. These numbers are growing more and more each day,” said John Feal of the Fealgood Foundation.
After 9/11, Hance worked in a bucket brigade, passing five-gallon buckets of debris to investigators.
The Centers for Disease Control claim that more than 4,000 first responders, cleanup workers and volunteers have been diagnosed with cancer linked to the attacks.