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Shot DPD officer tossed Opening Day 1st pitch

Posted: 8:06 AM, Apr 08, 2016
Updated: 2016-04-09 01:00:24Z
Shot DPD officer to throw Opening Day 1st pitch
Shot DPD officer to throw Opening Day 1st pitch

Three ceremonial first pitches kicked off the Colorado Rockies 2016 home opener, including one by Tony Lopez Junior.

Sergeant Lopez, with Denver Police Department, survived five gunshots wounds he suffered during a traffic stop. Police say the suspect fired when Lopez pulled him over on Dec. 8.

Lopez, a second-generation officer, underwent several surgeries and spent months regaining the ability to walk.

Tony Lopez released from hospital

Sister says Lopez is the strongest person she knows

Lopez becomes a sergeant

Lopez is the 2016 Opening Day honoree for his heroic recovery. He was joined by his wife and the first responders who saved his life.

George Frushour who represents longtime sponsor King Soopers, threw out another pitch. Tom Ricca, an original Season Ticket Holder from 1993, threw out the third first pitch.

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