The family of Alexandria police Office Peter Laboy, who was shot in the head Feb. 27, shared what Laboy remembers about the incident.
Laboy is walking and talking and even joking about his situation less than two months after doctors said he was lucky to be alive, according to his father-in-law, Jack Bernardo. He’s also looking forward to leaving the hospital.
Bernardo called Laboy’s recovery a miracle.
“If you’d see him, you’d stand there and be flabbergasted by what he can do,” Bernardo said of Laboy’s recovery.
Just like Laboy isn’t giving up, neither is his wife, Suzanne.
“She’s great,” Bernardo said. “She takes it a day at a time. She gets up in the morning, gets her shower, gets her head right and goes and supports her husband. She’s tough.”
Part of the healing process is remembering.
Laboy remembers all of his friends and family, but his memory of the day he was shot isn’t as good.
“He remembers getting a call to check something out, and that’s it,” Bernardo said. “That’s the last thing he remembers.”
On behalf of the family, Bernardo wanted to thank the community, which has been very supportive.
“When he gets to a point, he will be out there seeking people out and personally walk up and shake their hand,” Bernardo said. “I know that’s his goal.”
Those wishing to help the Laboy family can drop off a donation at the Alexandria Police Department (3600 Wheeler Ave.) or send a donation to:
Alexandria Police Association c/o Peter Laboy
P.O. Box 1228
Alexandria, VA 22313
The family also requests that those who want to donate blood on behalf of Laboy call the Washington Hospital Center blood donor service at 866-49-DONOR.