Oklahomans say goodbye to legendary Oklahoma City assistant fire chief

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahomans said goodbye to a beloved public servant. Hundreds attended the funeral of former Oklahoma City Assistant Fire Chief Jon Hansen at Life Church Saturday afternoon.

“He was a friend to everyone regardless. He always had time for people and he wanted them to know they were cared for,” said Keith Bryant, Oklahoma City fire chief. “It doesn’t surprise me to see this kind of support and outreach for Chief Hansen’s family because he touched so many lives throughout his years in the fire service.”

Hansen was best known for being the face and voice of the Oklahoma City Fire Department after the Alfred P.  Murrah Federal building was bombed.

In the face of domestic terrorism, Hansen was poised and prepared. 

“Very professional. He represented the fire service well but at the same time, understood the impact disaster had on people and he was always trying to support, trying to make them feel better,” said Bryant.

His death brings a different significance with this year’s bombing anniversary.

“I think the fact that he passed away just a few days before, it made people think of his contributions and what he did to address concerns and calm fears and to instill that sense of resilience that we all talk about as the Oklahoma standard,” said Bryant.