ALEXANDRIA, VA — A former Alexandria Police Department officer, who was shot in the head during a traffic stop, was one of 20 first-responders honored by the in-vehicle communications company OnStar.
Peter Laboy was given $20,000 by the company as OnStar commemorates its 20th anniversary.
"Out of all the people they choose, for them to choose me, I think that’s very special,” said Laboy at his home in Alexandra.
Laboy was shot in the head during a traffic stop on February 27, 2013. The bullet is still lodged in his brain and his recovery, which included several surgeries, continues to this day.
"Peter’s still in therapy. He goes and sees doctor’s on a regular basis. He takes a handful of medicines morning in night,” said Suzanne Laboy, Peter’s wife. “Still has seizures. Has not been cleared to drive. It’s a daily work in progress."
Laboy had to retire as a police officer because of his injuries.
“I loved the job that I used to do,” said Peter Laboy. “And sometimes it’s hard to be here and not be able to do that part of the job. I’m not the same person I used to be."
"Probably one of the hardest things, I think, is missing someone who’s right in front of you. He is the same person but he is different in many ways,” added Suzanne Laboy.
The Laboys said the ongoing support from the city, and across the country, has been amazing and this donation from OnStar is just the latest example of that.