The Brentwood Police Department announced the awarding of the Law Enforcement Purple Heart to Officer Brien Fletcher on Thursday.
The recognition was announced on the department’s Facebook page and was given to Fletcher after he returned from duty after he was injured in February.
Fletcher was injured on the night of Feb. 6 when he was hit by a car while pursuing a stolen SUV in the Fountainhead subdivision.
William Moquann Smith, 18, was arrested the following day in Nashville and was charged with aggravated assault, evading arrest by motor vehicle, reckless endangerment and theft of property of more than $10,000.
Fletcher underwent surgery and returned to light duty earlier in the year.
“After surgery and months of rehab, we are happy he has returned to full duty. We are thankful that he is only the third officer in the history of the department to receive this award. Congrats Brien and welcome home,” Captain Richard Hickey said in the post.
According to the National Association of Chiefs of Police, the Law Enforcement Purple Heart, also known as the Police Purple Heart, is issued to officers who are injured or disabled in the line of duty. Purple Heart recipients are eligible if they were required to seek professional medical care and were out of work at least one week.
Rachael Long and Mark Cook contributed to this story.