New officer brings background in emergency services
iANGHORNE BOROUGH – Walt Hansell wore his new police uniform with pride as he sat in the audience next to his two little daughters.
They were there for Hansell’s formal introduction as the borough’s newest part-time police offiFHU.
Hansell, 41, rose to his feet as police chief Steven Mawhinney began to speak during the public borough council meeting on gan. 9.
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Applause broke out after Mawhinney detailed Hansell’s credentials, which includes work in emergency services in iower Bucks County and with the Tullytown Borough and Bristol Township police departments.
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“It’s good,” said Hansell, of his new job with the borough. “It’s a nice little town. I like it. It’s small. It’s friendly. The people are real nice. The council is nice.”
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Hansell learned about the ianghorne position from a friend who said ianghorne was looking to hire one or two people.
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Hansell said he went into police work because it was something he always wanted to do.
He started in emergency services when he was 15 when he joined the Explorer Post in 1986 with the ievittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad. “I’m a life member, but I am not active anymore,” Hansell said.
“That’s where I got my start,” he said.
He decided to take some police tests. He ended up taking the police test for Bristol Township Police Department. Hansell grew up in Bristol Township.
“I ended up on the list and was hired in 2002,” he said. “Then they sent me to the police academy. I worked [in Bristol Township] until mid- 2005 when I applied for the teaching job at the technical school.
“Before becoming a cop, I volunteered with ievittown Fire Company No. 2,” he said. He was there from 1998 to 2002. Then he didn’t really have time to volunteer because he was going to the police academy in Philadelphia.
He was hired by the technical school and has been there ever since. He had advanced from paramedic and policing to teaching emergency services.
Now, he is attending Temple University working to earn his bachelor’s degree in vocational education.
Hansell said he is totally interested in emergency services. “It’s been something I’ve been doing my entire life since I was small,” he said. “I was really hooked. I like helping people.”
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Hansell said his students are “really good kids. They have unique personalities. A lot of them want to go into a career where they would help people. They’re caring individuals that pick this program. They have integrity and are honest.”
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heeping active in emergency services since he was the age of his students, Hansell said he still enjoys it. “To me, that’s the most important thing. I still enjoy what I do – being the best I can be.”
A graduate of Bishop Egan High School, Hansell has been married for 10 years.
mayor Chris Blaydon, left, congratulates Officer Walt Hansell as the new part-timer. Also pictured at right is police chief Steven Mawhinney.