Fellow firefighters recall Capt. Joe Hansen’s spirit of generosity, love of Lodi
Lodi Fire Capt. Joe Hansen, left, poses with his wife, Natalie, and their son, Alex, prior to ziplining while on vacation in Hawaii two years ago.
- Memorial services for Capt. Joe Hansen
A funeral for Fire Capt. Joe Hansen will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church, 267 N. Mills Ave., Lodi. A procession will follow to Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St., where a reception will be held.
Visitation for family and friends will be held from noon to 8 p.m. today at Cherokee Memorial Park, 831 Industrial Way.
Outside agencies wishing to participate in Thursday's service may contact the Lodi Fire Department Administration Office at 209-333-6735.
Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 12:00 am
Capt. Joe Hansen, with his Tom Selleck-style moustache and big grin, was a giver. Though his peers in the Lodi Fire Department do not like to use cliches to describe him, they said there was no better way to detail Hansen's altruistic character than with the age-old saying: "He would give you the shirt off his back."
For firefighter Oscar Picazo, it was a battery charger he needed. He casually mentioned he was looking for one to Hansen, and the next time they saw each other, Hansen presented a new charger to him.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 12:00 am.