HARMONY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — The police officer shot early this morning in Beaver County is very well-known throughout his community and has been honored for his service.

Patrolman Alan Loskoch was hired in Harmony Township last January and began serving the community as a full-time police officer a month later.

It was early Wednesday morning when his bulletproof vest served him well when he was shot by a suspect attempting to break into vehicles at Harmony Avenue and Beaver Road.

“Thank God the officer is alright and his bulletproof vest worked the way it was supposed to,” said Beaver County District Attorney Anthony Berosh. “He’s okay.”

Meanwhile, Loskoch is due to receive a statewide honor on Thursday. He’s supposed to get the 2015 DUI Top Gun Award at the Pennsylvania DUI Association’s annual conference.

Earlier, he was commended by Harmony Township commissioners.

In 11 months, Loskoch has make 50 of his department’s 70 DUI arrests, and his cases have a 100 percent conviction rate.

The former chief of Harmony Township nominated Loskoch for the award.

Of the honor and his efforts, Loskoch said: “It takes a lot of time and effort, but I truly believe driving under the influence of narcotics is truly dangerous.”

Loskoch’s wife says they are not yet sure if he is up for the trip to State College on Thursday to receive that award.

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