Police Detective dies in parachuting accident

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CONN. (WWLP) — A Leyden Police Detective died in a parachuting accident in Connecticut Sunday.

22News reporter Mike Masciadrelli reported from Franklin County where police are mourning his death.

Detective Lt. James Hansmann served 14 years on the Leyden Police Department.

Leyden’s Police Chief called him a valuable member of the force who will be impossible to replace.

62-year-old James Hansmann died Sunday morning, while landing a parachute in Ellington, Connecticut.

Connecticut State Police said he was critically injured during a “hard landing” in the parachute drop zone at Ellington Airport.

A resident of both Springfield and West Springfield, Hansmann was a Detective Lt. for 14 years in the Leyden Police Department.

“My sympathy goes out for the family it’s a tragic accident,” said Charles Kimplin, of Greenfield. “A lot of times it happens that way.”

He had one son and three daughters and was engaged to be married.

Connecticut State Police said his parachute was functioning properly and there was no criminal aspect to the incident.

Detective Lt. James Hansmann was a valuable asset to the Leyden police department. He was skilled with computers, analyzing fingerprints, and solved several big cases in Franklin County. He also helped build this military vehicle for search and rescue operations.

Leyden Police Chief Daniel Galvis told 22News that Hansmann was always on call and would drive up from Springfield whenever they needed him. 

“He was not only a dedicated detective, he was a close friend. He’s been with us for 14 years, I don’t have words to describe how I feel right now. I’ll never be able to replace him,” said Chief Daniel Galvis, of the Leyden Police Department.

Hansmann was a veteran of more than 5,000 parachute jumps.

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