DOWNTOWN — Kevin Brennan, who was shot in the head while pursuing a man in Bushwick in January, was promoted to sergeant Friday.
"I commend those of you being promoted to sergeant, including Detective Kevin Brennan who made a miraculous recovery from a near fatal gunshot wound he sustained in the line of duty last January," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said at a promotions ceremony at One Police Plaza. "Today's recognition follows his promotion to detective four months ago and represents another tremendous milestone in his return."
Brennan, 29, was seriously wounded after chasing 21-year-old Luis "Baby" Ortiz into the back of a building in Bushwick. The two men struggled and Ortiz, who was wanted by police in connection with a New Year's Day murder, allegedly shot Brennan at point-blank range.
Ortiz was apprehended and is facing first-degree attempted murder charges.
"I think I'm the luckiest man on the planet," Brennan during his February promotion to detective, standing beside his wife, Janet, and their 8-week-old daughter Maeve.