ALEXANDRIA, Va (WUSA9) -- The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce honored heroes on Thursday and a police officer recovering from injuries he suffered in a shooting in Old Town received an award.
Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy received its highest honor, the gold medal of valor, for putting his life on the line during a traffic stop in which he was shot in the head.
Laboy smiled at the camera, and laughed among friends and colleagues at the 28th Annual Public Safety Valor Awards.
"I just want to say thank you to everyone who helped me, my wife, the department, the city, everybody," Laboy said.
Sgt. Brian Thompson, Laboy's Motor Supervisor said "it shows the community supports Pete and everything he went through and how important he was on that day. He is truly a hero to all of us. The valor award is more than deserved."