A community of friends, family, and well-wishers is rallying behind Denver police officer Tony Lopez, Jr. as he begins the long road to recovery after being shot several times during a traffic stop last week.
Officer Lopez, Jr. had just made a traffic stop at the intersection of West 37th and Federal Boulevard when the shooting occurred on December 8.
Lopez, Jr. was struck multiple times in the torso and lower body. Doctors credit the officer’s body armor and the swift work of paramedics for saving his life.
Two suspects in the shooting were taken into custody a short distance from the car stop.
One of the bullets struck the officer in a main leg artery, an injury that could have proven fatal had paramedics not used a tourniquet to halt the bleeding.
Dr. Gene Moore, chief of surgery at Denver Health Medical Center, stated, “I should note the paramedics did a phenomenal job because those tourniquets they put on in the field saved his life. He lost so much blood that his heart almost stopped when he arrived. Those tourniquets clearly saved his life.”
Now the community is stepping up to help the officer who nearly lost his life in their service.
A blood drive was recently held and a Go Fund Me account was set up as well. The proceeds are set to assist the officer and his family as he undergoes what will no doubt be a long and difficulty recovery.
In a hopeful sign of good things to come, two days ago Officer Lopez, Jr. took his first steps since the shooting.
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