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Denver police Sgt. Tony Lopez Jr. honored before Broncos game

DENVER -- The Broncos gave a special Mile High Salute to a Denver police sergeant who was shot in the line of duty.

Sgt. Tony Lopez Jr. was named Broncos Country Hero of the game against the Houston Texans on Monday night, and was honored on the field with his wife and baby by his side.

Lopez  was shot six times while conducting a traffic stop on Dec. 8.

He suffered a number of injuries to his upper and lower body, and spent eight months in physical therapy before doctors cleared him to return to work last month.

Lopez said he was excited to get back to work.

"It's like Christmas," he said.

The man who shot Lopez, Jason Wood, was sentenced to 52 years in prison.