Thursday Morning Man: Michael Hance
This is heartbreaking. Today’s Morning Man is the late Michael Hance, a NYPD officer who went viral a few years ago during the city’s Pride Parade. He died this week at the age of 44 of brain cancer diagnosed last November. He was a first responder on 9-11 and leaves behind two young daughters. The 13-second video clip that made Hance famous shows him in full uniform and on duty, dancing and twerking with Aaron Santis, a marcher at Pride. When they parted ways, the men hug and his new friend plants a kiss on Hance’s cheek. Paige Ponzeka, who recorded the video, said the moment was ‘really special.’ ‘Aaron had danced in front of a lot of cops, but they were not as responsive. Then we saw this officer get into it,’ she told the New York Daily News. ‘[Hance] understood what the parade was about — about having fun and being yourself.’ And the fact that Hance was straight only made it so much better.