Veteran cop hurt in the line of duty promoted Thursday

Veteran cop hurt in the line of duty promoted Thursday

WEST END, OH (FOX19) - A veteran Cincinnati sergeant who was injured during a gun battle with a suspect in the line of duty 14 years ago will be promoted to lieutenant Thursday.

Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell will administer the oath of office to Lt. Craig Gregoire at a 2 p.m. ceremony at Police Headquarters, 310 Ezzard Charles Dr.

Gregoire, 40, is the son of retired police Captain Stephen Gregoire and proudly wears his father's badge number.

He joined Cincinnati police in 1998 after a four-year stint in the U.S. Navy as an operations specialist and became a sergeant in 2007.

Gregoire has worked in Districts 2 3 and 4; Personal Crimes, Inspections and Internal Investigations units.

He graduated from Anderson Township High School, was honorably discharged from the military in 1996 after winning the Naval Achievement Award and recently graduated from the Southern Police Academy Institute in Louisville, Kentucky.

He is currently enrolled at Xavier University.

In 2001, Gregoire was wounded in the line of duty when he responded to a call to assist drug investigators on Donahue Street in Corryville.

He entered the building with other officers, encountered an armed gunman who vowed that he was "goin' down like a soldier" and exchanged gunfire.

Gregoire was injured, and the gunman was killed. He was awarded the Personal Sacrifice Award for this act of bravery.

He resides in Anderson Township with his wife, Annie, and two daughters, Leah and Elena.

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