A Maltese police officer who was almost killed in an horrific hit-and-run incident has won a promotion.
PC Simon Schembri will officially become a Sergeant on January 21.
The hero traffic cop lost an arm but was able to recover from the shocking accident, which saw him being run over and then dragged under a speeding car for several metres near Luqa Industrial Estate.
The teenage driver, who was unlicensed and under-age, was charged in court with attempted murder.
The father-of-three, 48, from Paola suffered injuries that were so serious his right arm had to be amputated by surgeons.
He has since set up the Simon Schembri Blue Light Foundation that aims to raise awareness of the perils emergency services workers face on a regular basis while on duty.
In December, PC Schembri was awarded the Republic Day medal by President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca at a ceremony at the Palace in Valletta.
He was also named Maltese police officer of the year.
Social media users across Malta and Gozo welcomed the decision to promote PC Schembri whose ‘incredible courage’ and bravery was praised by the Prime Minister.
One woman posted on Facebook: ‘You paid a big price for this but you are and will be always an inspiration to many.’
Another added: ‘Well deserved Sir. God bless and good luck.’