DENVER - Many people never thought this day would come. Sgt. Tony Lopez, Jr. returned to full duty, just 8 months after being shot and critically injured on the job. Lopez said he was excited to get back to work. He said, "It's like Christmas!"
Lopez was shot on December 8th, 2015 while conducting a traffic stop. He suffered a number of injuries to his upper and lower body. He has spent months working hard in physical therapy, and his doctors cleared him to return to work yesterday.
Lopez was named a beneficiary of John Adsit's annual Rise and Run 5k race. The money raised will go to help first responders who are hurt in the line of duty. It will take place Saturday, September 17th at 9am at Foundry Church in Castle Pines. Lopez said he and his family have received such an outpouring of support, and he wants to give back and help others. For more information on the event, visit the website here.