DENVER - Many people never thought this day would come. Sgt. Tony Lopez Jr. returned to full duty, just eight months after being shot and critically injured on the job. Lopez said he was excited to get back to work.
"It's like Christmas," he said.
Lopez was shot on Dec. 8 while conducting a traffic stop. He suffered a number of injuries to his upper and lower body. He has spent months in physical therapy, and his doctors cleared him to return to work Thursday.
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 at 9 a.m. 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.