Community raises over $47,000 for Crow Wing County Deputy – Brainerd Dispatch

BRAINERD – The Lakes Area Heroes presented Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Deputy Jaden Hanson, who is battling a rare form of cancer, with a check for nearly $50,000.

Following a benefit on Sunday, June 2, at Roundhouse Brewery in Nisswa, Isaiah Moengen, executive director of Lakes Area Heroes, and John Kinkeade, treasurer of Lakes Area Heroes, presented Hanson with a check for $47,266.50 at the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday. Office.

Moengen said that since the benefit, they have raised an additional $1,180, which Hanson asked to donate to the family of slain Minneapolis police officer Jamal Mitchell, who was killed in the line of duty on May 30.

A group photo of those present during the check presentation.

Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Deputy Jaden Hanson received a check for $47,000 on Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office.

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Hanson served as a school resource officer for Pequot Lakes High School from 2023-2024. He is currently assigned to the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division.

In April 2019, Hanson was diagnosed with malignant pheochromocytoma, a rare tumor in and around the adrenal gland. The American Society of Clinical Oncology estimates that approximately 2 to 8 people per million are diagnosed with these tumors each year and that approximately 15% of these cases are cancer.

Hanson was in Pierre, South Dakota, in 2019 for physical testing interviews to join the South Dakota State Patrol.

Hanson said he went to the emergency room in Pierre, South Dakota, in 2019 after collapsing during a flight while reporting for the state patrol.

“(The ER doctor) and I became pretty close in those six hours, just because there were a lot of strangers,” Hanson said in an earlier interview. “And he came in and basically said, ‘Well, you want me to be blunt with you, right?’ I don’t like to beat around the bush, just tell me what’s going on. He said, ‘You have cancer.’ And that’s it. I didn’t even really know what to think about it. It felt like it was just a dream. Like I’m waking up from this terrible dream. It didn’t feel real.

“It’s difficult to explain something you never expected. I was healthy. I trained two to three times a week. I was 21 when I was diagnosed. It was just surreal, I just didn’t feel like it was really happening.”

After leaving the hospital in South Dakota, Hanson was seen at the Mayo Clinic about 15 days later and on April 25, he underwent his first major surgery.

Three men pose for a photo.

Isaiah Moengen, left, with Deputy Sheriff Jaden Hanson and John Kinkeade on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, at the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office.

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After moving home and undergoing surgery, Hanson said he was working as a paraprofessional in the Pillager School District when he decided to pursue his dream of law enforcement.

Hanson was eventually hired full-time at the Thief River Falls Police Department. He was there about two years when he and his girlfriend Aubrey Moshier found out they were having a baby. Since both expectant parents had family in the Brainerd Lakes area, they decided to move back to the area around June 2022. He was hired at the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office around the same time.

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Tim Speier joined the Brainerd Dispatch in October 2021, covering public safety.