Dover police officer succumbs to injury suffered in line of duty

Cpl. Thomas Hannon

DOVER — On Friday afternoon Dover Police announced the death of Cpl. Thomas Hannon earlier in the day.

Cpl. Hannon, 42, died at Christiana Hospital from medical complications resulting from a line of duty leg injury suffered in 2012, spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

His family was with him at the hospital when he died. He leaves a wife and three children.

Cpl. Hannon’s leg was injured during a foot pursuit five years ago and several surgeries followed.

“He did return throughout the course of treatment and surgeries, but was largely regulated to light duty assignments during those times,” Cpl. Hoffman said.

Medics were called to Cpl. Hannon’s Middletown home for a medical emergency early Wednesday morning and he was transported to the hospital.

Since joining Dover PD in 2005, Cpl. Hannon was a patrol officer and served in the Quality of Life Unit, the TAC section of the Drugs, Vice, and Organized Crime Unit, and as a K9 officer in the Drugs, Vice, and Organized Crime Unit.

During his time with Dover Police, Cpl. Hannon earned a 2006 Officer of the Quarter award, two distinguished unit awards, a DUI enforcement award, numerous perfect attendance awards, and two life saving awards. He earned a life saving award in 2008 for helping save a woman who had stopped breathing, and the next year when rescuing a handicapped woman from a burning residence.

In 2014, Cpl. Hannon partnered with German Shepherd K9 Mina to form a drug unit investigation team.

“Cpl. Thomas Hannon was a big part of the Dover Police Department family. His larger than life personality, sense of humor, and his unwavering commitment to the citizens of Dover will be greatly missed by all,” Dover PD Chief Marvin Mailey said in a prepared statement.

“We lost an excellent police officer, friend and brother today. Cpl. Hannon’s family lost an even better husband, father, son, and brother as well.

“Our thoughts continue to be with them at this time, and we are committed to keeping Cpl. Thomas Hannon’s memory alive and supporting the entire Hannon family during this tragic time.”

More information would be released when available, authorities said.

On his Facebook page, Dover Mayor Robin R. Christiansen, who oversees police department operations, issued a statement early Friday afternoon:

“My thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy are with the entire Dover Police Department as they have suddenly lost one of their brothers in blue. I ask that you please keep Officer Thomas Hannon, his wife, his children, his family, his friends and his brothers and sisters in blue in your thoughts and prayers.

“May God and St. Michael welcome Officer Hannon with open arms at the gates of Heaven and may he rest in eternal peace.

“May God Bless Officer Hannon, the entire Hannon family and the Dover Police Department.”

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