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Off-duty police detective dies in skydiving accident

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Jim Hansmann  died after a hard landing while parachuting at a Connecticut airport. (Western Mass News) Jim Hansmann died after a hard landing while parachuting at a Connecticut airport. (Western Mass News)
ELLINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

An off-duty Massachusetts police detective has died after a hard landing while parachuting at a Connecticut airport.

Authorities say 62-year-old Springfield resident James Hansmann was reported seriously hurt around 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Ellington Airport. He was flown to Hartford Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Police say Hansmann's parachute was functioning properly, and there is no criminal aspect to his death.

Hansmann was a detective lieutenant with the Leyden Police Department in Franklin County, Massachusetts.

"We had several conversations. You know the risks are there his response was, if I go I want to go skydiving and I will have no regrets," Leyden Chief of Police Daniel Galvis said.

Galvis says the department is devastated by the loss.

"I've lost a friend and a dedicated officer. Any time that we needed him we made a phone call and within 15/20 minutes he would be here for us. I just don’t have the words to describe the loss,"  Galvis said.

Galvis says Hansmann had been with the department since 2003.

Hansmann had made more than 5,000 jumps, according to Galvis. 

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