A Slatington borough police officer is hailed a hometown hero.
Last month, Sergeant David Alercia took down a suspect wanted for an attempted homicide at a cigar shop in Bethlehem Township. The suspect fired shots at an employee after being to put on a mask, then fled.
The shootout in Slatington started the next day when police pulled over 35 year old Adam Zaborowski. He exited the vehicle and opened fire, striking a Slatington police car. Sergeant Alercia returned fire, taking down the suspect.
Alercia was presented a Medal of Valor and other citations from local and county officials on Monday night.
"Anyone who puts on a badge, uniform and utility belt deserves respect and support. Through the training he received here in Slatington, he was able to protect us," said State Representative Zach Mako.
Alercia tells News 13 he wasn't the alone that day, as there were troopers by his side. However, he credits his extensive training for how he handled the situation.
"I truly feel I was just doing my job that day and my duty of protecting innocent civilians of the community," said Alercia.
The suspect was injured in the shootout. He remains in the Lehigh County jail on a list of charges including attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and robbery.