LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC)— Community members have already raised tens of thousands of dollars to support injured Alexandria police officer Peter Laboy, who was shot in the head during a routine traffic stop on Feb. 27.

On Thursday, the Laboy family asked people to contribute in a different way, by giving blood.

“The blood is not for Officer Laboy himself,” said Alexandria Police Captain Shahram Fard. “He and his family had requested that this be done in his honor, so we’re doing it in his name.”

PHOTO GALLERY: Photos of Peter Laboy and Events Held for His Family

Just after the shooting, doctors were amazed that the 45-year-old veteran motorcycle officer and father of four was even breathing. Since then, he’s started to speak, eat and sit up. His recovery is amazing everyone, including the medical staff at the hospital where he’s being treated.

The drive was held Thursday at Alexandria Police Headquarters.

“There are other people out there… in need of blood and medical services so this is one way to give back to those folks in the honor and name of Officer Peter Laboy, who himself miraculously has survived the gunshot wound that he sustained and the medical service that he’s received,” Fard said before the drive.

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