The Dover Police Department is sad to announce the death of Corporal Thomas Hannon. Corporal Hannon died early in the morning on Friday, September 1st, 2017, while surrounded by his family at Christiana Hospital. Corporal Hannon’s death was the result of medical complications, stemming from a leg injury he suffered in the line of duty in 2012. Corporal Hannon was 42 years old and served with the Dover Police Department since 2005. During his time with the Dover Police Department, Corporal Thomas Hannon served in the Patrol Unit, 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.
Corporal Thomas Hannon was also a highly decorated officer; receiving a 2006 Officer of the Quarter award, two distinguished unit awards, a DUI enforcement award, numerous perfect attendance awards, and two life saving awards. Corporal Hannon earned the life saving awards in 2008 when he helped save a woman after she stopped breathing and in 2009 when he rescued a handicapped woman from a burning residence.
“Corporal 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. We lost an excellent police officer, friend, and brother today. Corporal 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 Corporal Thomas Hannon’s memory alive and supporting the entire Hannon family during this tragic time.”, Chief Marvin Mailey said in a prepared statement.
The Dover Police Department will share more information as it becomes available.