Suffolk County police officer stabbed in the line of duty promoted to detective

PATCHOGUE, Long Island (WABC) -- A Suffolk County police officer who was stabbed in the line of duty was promoted to detective on Monday.

Chris Racioppo was stabbed in the leg by a suspected drunk driver during a struggle in Patchogue on April 10, according to authorities. A major artery was severed, and Racioppo nearly died.

"Officer Racioppo is nothing short of a hero," said Suffolk County Executive Bellone. "Four months ago Officer Racioppo was within seconds of losing his life, but today Officer Racioppo has made a miraculous recovery and will return to the Department as Detective Racioppo."

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Kristin Thorne reports on the Suffolk County officer Christopher Racioppo's release from the hospital.

Officer Racioppo will be promoted to detective in anticipation of his return to duty.

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