The Dover Police Department promoted eight officers during ceremonies held Nov. 19, and honored others for their work in saving the life of Dover resident Vera Paynter.
The promoted officers and their new ranks are: Lt. Marvin Mailey, a 20-year veteran who will serve as the department's Internal Affairs officer; Sgt. Todd Case, a 20-year veteran who will serve as a patrol shift supervisor; and Master Cpl. Jeffrey Davis, an 18-year veteran, serving as a supervisor in the Community Policing Unit.
Also promoted were Cpl. Thomas Hannon, who is serving in the department's TAC unit; Cpl. Christopher Bumgarner, serving as the gang intelligence officer, Cpl. Peter Martinek, a former Officer of the Year who will serve in the Quality of Life and Community Policing units, and Cpl. Jason Pfeiffer, of the Special Enforcement Unit-Motorcycle Division.
The ceremony also recognized Patrolman 1st Class Terrence Knight, a three-year veteran currently serving as a patrol officer.
Knight, along with Cpl. Mark Hoffman and Patrolman Brian Berns were recognized for their efforts in May 2013 in saving the life of Towne Point resident Vera Paynter. The officers were sent to the development after receiving Paynter's 911 call that she was choking. Despite having received incorrect address information, the officers found Paynter's home and managed to dislodge the object she had been choking on.
Paynter was in attendance at the ceremony and personally thanked the officers as they received the department's Life Saving Commendation.