It was the twerk seen round the world — a 12-second video clip of a straight NYPD cop dancing with a Pride Parade reveler that quickly became a shining example of the department’s ever-improving relationship with the city’s LGBT community.
This Wednesday, that video will take center stage as the NYPD’s Gay Officers Action League posthumously honors the cop in that clip who recently died of a 9/11 related cancer.
Police Officer Michael Hance’s family will be in attendance when GOAL acknowledges the fallen cop with their Ally Award for his impromptu dance as he stood a post during the city’s 2015 Pride Parade.
The award will be given out at the 2017 NYPD Pride Celebration at 1 Police Plaza.
“People look at what he did and say, ‘OK it’s a (short) clip’ — but that video was viewed nearly 10 million times,” said GOAL president Brian Downey.
The NYPD’s Gay Officers Action League will honor the late Police Officer Michael Hance who recently died of a 9/11 related cancer.
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“We’re so appreciative of the attention that was drawn by this one act of kindness.”
Hance died of 9/11 related cancer in March.
The 44-year-old cop, who worked out of the 111th Precinct station house in Bayside, Queens, was diagnosed with brain cancer in November after he fell in front of his home and complained of feeling dizzy, family members said.
As he fought the disease, the cancer spread to his lungs, liver and chest.
A video will be showcased of the NYPD cop dancing during gay pride parade in New York City
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The heterosexual Hance lifted the city’s spirits two years ago when a cell phone video that showed him dancing, on duty and in uniform, with reveler Aaron Santis at the Manhattan Pride Parade went viral.
Santis was marching with the Big Apple Softball League, an LGBT sports group, when he started dancing in front of Hance. The Queens cop quickly joined in and began grooving to the Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop’ Til You Get Enough.”
He then turned and started twerking while Santis was grinding behind him.
The video had been viewed 8.5 million times.
NYPD Police Officer Michael Hance died on March 12, 2017 after battling 9/11-related cancer.
In 12 seconds Hance showed the “true spirit of the police family,” Downey said. “That’s what 99.5% of cops are like.”
Downey hopes the award will bring attention to the fact that people are still dying under the shadow cast by the 9/11 terror attacks.
“People are still getting sick,” Downey said. “The attacks didn’t care about your sexual orientation, or race. They didn’t care if you were a cop or a firefighter. It was just pure evil.”
Hance, a resident of Bethpage, L.I., left behind daughters Kaitlyn, 12, and Jenna, 10.
Officer Hance gained notoriety after he was caught on camera dancing at the 2015 Gay Pride Parade.
At the time of his death, family members shrugged off all the attention the video had brought Hance, claiming that the hero cop — who was honored in 2005 for saving an infant who choked on a Lego — was a people person who liked a good party.
Attempts to reach Hance’s family were unsuccessful Saturday.
Other honorees receiving awards on Wednesday include NYPD Deputy Commissioner Cathleen Perez, who will also receive GOAL’s Ally Award and Andy Cohen, star of Bravo TV’s “Watch What Happens Live,” who will be the event’s keynote speaker and receive the group’s Visibility Award.”