Officers honored, NCCo Courthouse renaming urged by council

By Tom Lehman 10:28pm, April 4, 2013 - Updated 12:13am, April 5, 2013
Council members Bob Williams and Mike Brown present a resolution honoring officers Alexander Marino, Sarah Peffer, Scott Burris and William Draper
Wilmington City Council honored a group of officers who saved a woman's life by performing CPR and voiced its support for the renaming of the New Castle County Courthouse after the late Judge Leonard Williams Thursday night.

"The reason we brought these efforts in here for a life-saving effort they performed," says councilman and former Wilmingoton police officer Bob Williams.

He helped present the resolution that honored officers Alexander Marino, Sarah Peffer, Scott Burris and William Draper, who each performed CPR to help keep an elderly, unresponsive woman alive last month.

Police said the officers tried to use a defibrillator unit, but device informed them that there wouldn't be a shock and they took turns stabilizing the woman until paramedics arrived.

Williams says their actions set a good example for others.

"It's important for the public to do something, to do anything. The chest compressions are the most important thing as they get the blood moving through the body," he says.

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Because of the officers' efforts, police say the woman survived the incident and recovered.

Council also recognized Captain Sherri Tull for being the 1st African American female to be promoted to that position.

Council supports NCCo. Courthouse renaming

Wilmington City Council also reminded the state legislature about restriction requiring the New Castle County Courthouse to be named after the late Municipal Court judge and civil rights advocate Leonard Williams.

Councilman Darius Brown sponsored the resolution and says renaming the courthouse after Williams, would be an appropriate honor.

"He has been a mentor to many minorities of various ethnicities and was very involved in the development and the continued success of the multicultural judges and lawyers division of the Delaware State Bar Association," Brown says.

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The city placed a deed restriction requiring any courthouse constructed at 500 N. King Street to be named after Williams in 1998--before the land was sold to the state and the courthouse was constructed.

Brown says the resolution serves as a reminder to the state of the deed restrictions in light of Williams death on March 3.

You can view the full resolution on the City of Wilmington's website.

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