Corporal Hannon died from medical complications of a leg injury that he received in the line of duty in 2012, according to the Dover Police Department website. He was surrounded by his family when he died at Christiana Hospital.
He was a twelve-year veteran of the Dover Police Department, and had 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 Hannon was also highly decorated throughout his career, including a 2006 Officer of the Quarter award, two distinguished unit awards, a DUI enforcement award, numerous perfect attendance awards, and two life saving awards.
The life saving awards were earned 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.
In a statement, Dover Police Chief Marvin Mailey said:
“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.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Dover Police Corporal Thomas Hannon, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.
Corporal Hannon, your life mattered.