MANHATTAN - A police officer was promoted to the rank of detective today by the NYPD, a year after he was nearly paralyzed in the line of duty.

In March 2010, Robert Salerno was shot multiple times while trying to help a woman who was being sexually assaulted in The Bronx. He was wearing a bulletproof vest, and made a full recovery after spending several weeks in the hospital. Salerno returned to work last November, and says he's very honored by the promotion.

"I'm proud to be a part of such a great honor. Not every cop gets to be promoted to detective," says Salerno.

At the ceremony, Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised the dozens of NYPD officers being promoted. "Your committment to your jobs, despite what you're faced with every day, says a lot about you - and says a lot about this department."

Bronx officer recovering after operationCop shot in the Bronx in stable condition