HAZELWOOD, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The Hazelwood Police officer who was injured when his squad car overturned while responding to a call on August 25, 2016 was awarded a Purple Heart in a special ceremony at Hazelwood City Hall.

In law enforcement, the award is given to an officer who receives a serious physical injury in the line of duty.

Officer Craig Tudor told News 4 he was grateful to receive the award but has mixed emotions about it, "Bittersweet, obviously, it's not an award anyone's eager to get."

Officer Tudor was critically injured and suffered some paralysis when his car collided with another while responded to a call to help another officer. Despite all he's gone through, Tudor says he doesn't regret becoming a police officer.

"This was just in me to serve the people and help people. You know I don't regret any of that," said Tudor.

A packed crowd of family, friends and city officials were on hand for the ceremony that was held in the city council chambers. Chief Gregg Hall made the presentation.

"It's been my determination that Officer Tudor has more than earned the department's purple heart award."

Officer Tudor received treatment at Craig Hospital, a noted rehabilitation center in Colorado. At the ceremony, he said he's made a lot of progress since the accident but is determined to achieve more.

You can find information about upcoming fundraisers for Tudor at a Facebook page, by clicking here.

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