Former Franklin Police chief killed at New Hampshire Hospital honored for his service

J.D. Rowe of  the New Hampshire State Police salutes as the casket of former Franklin Police Chief Bradley Haas enters the service in his honor at Winnisquam High School on Monday.

J.D. Rowe of the New Hampshire State Police salutes as the casket of former Franklin Police Chief Bradley Haas enters the service in his honor at Winnisquam High School on Monday. GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff

The funeral procession for former Franklin Police Chief Bradley Haas passes under an American flag in the parking lot of Winnisquam High School for his funeral service on Monday.

The funeral procession for former Franklin Police Chief Bradley Haas passes under an American flag in the parking lot of Winnisquam High School for his funeral service on Monday. GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff

Members of the Franklin Police Department escort the casket of Former Police Chief Bradley Haas into the service at Winnisquam High School on Monday, November 27, 2023.

Members of the Franklin Police Department escort the casket of Former Police Chief Bradley Haas into the service at Winnisquam High School on Monday, November 27, 2023. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Franklin police officers put their hands on the casket of Former Police Chief Bradley Haas before entering the service in his honor at Winnisquam High School on Monday, November 27, 2023.

Franklin police officers put their hands on the casket of Former Police Chief Bradley Haas before entering the service in his honor at Winnisquam High School on Monday, November 27, 2023. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Franklin police officers put their hands on the casket of Former Police Chief Bradley Haas before entering the service in his honor at Winnisquam High School on Monday, November 27, 2023.

Franklin police officers put their hands on the casket of Former Police Chief Bradley Haas before entering the service in his honor at Winnisquam High School on Monday, November 27, 2023. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

By Monitor staff

Published: 11-27-2023 5:55 PM

Modified: 11-27-2023 7:08 PM


Bradley Haas received a police escort through his hometown of Franklin on Monday, past the police department on Central Street where he once served as chief, to a community-wide ceremony in his honor at Winnisquam High School in Tilton.

Haas, 63, was shot and killed on Friday, Nov. 17, while on duty as a security officer at the New Hampshire Hospital.

Haas grew up in Franklin, and attended Franklin High School. He served as a military police officer in the U.S. Army before fulfilling his childhood dream of becoming a police officer in his hometown, rising to the rank of chief and serving 26 years on the force. 

After retirement, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service, and most recently as a security officer at the state-run psychiatric facility.

Haas was quiet and humble and loved spending time with his son, Connor, according to his obituary.

“They shared a love for aviation and U.S. history. Brad could often be found with a good book in his hands. He will always be remembered for his quiet demeanor, and simple acts of kindness,” his obituary read. 

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Police say Haas was shot by John Madore, 33, who entered the lobby of the New  Hampshire Hospital armed with a 9-millimeter handgun. Madore was then shot and killed by a state trooper.