Cpl. Thomas Hannon was 42 years of age

Dover police are reporting the death of an officer due to complications from an injury he suffered five years ago.

Cpl. Thomas Hannon, 42, died early in the morning of Friday, Sept. 1, department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

Hannon died at Christiana Hospital with his family at his side, Hoffman said.

Hannon's death was the result of medical complications stemming from a leg injury sustained in the line of duty in 2012.

Hannon had been with the Dover Police Department since 2005. During that time, he 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.

He had been on restricted duty during part of the time following his injury and had been promoted to the rank of corporal in 2013.

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.

He earned his first life-saving awards in 2008 when he helped save a woman after she stopped breathing and the second in 2009 when he rescued a handicapped woman from a burning residence.

In a prepared statement, Chief Marvin Mailey eulogized the late officer.

“Cpl. Thomas Hannon was a big part of the Dover Police Department family,” Mailey said. “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. 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.”

The department will share more information as it becomes available, Hoffman said.