The Sawaya Law Firm Foundation Supports Recovery of Wounded DPD Officer, Tony Lopez.

Michael Sawaya asks the community to join him in supporting the Tony Lopez Relief fund and will match all donations up to $10,000.

Michael Sawaya is a passionate and dedicated member of the community. He is a close personal friend to the Lopez family and is devastated by this tragedy.

“We have to support the heroes who protect us every day. Recovery won’t be easy for Officer Lopez but our support will help him and his family in their time of need,” stated Michael Sawaya.

On 12/8/2015 Officer Lopez was shot during a traffic stop near W. 37th Avenue and Federal Boulevard. Sources said the officer was shot in an arm and both legs, but he was wearing a bulletproof vest. Lopez was out of surgery Tuesday evening. After a day of being touch-and-go, his surgeon told Denver7 he expects the officer will survive despite a massive blood loss.

Last year, the Denver Police Department honored Lopez on Facebook as one of the best officers of 2014 after he went out of his way to make sure a 4-year-old girl got “the birthday she deserved after saving her mom’s life.”

Officer Lopez went out of his way to buy gifts for the little girl and arranged for a local Skate City to donate a skate party for her birthday, police said.

“We hope that during this time of year we can all come together to help him with any financial burdens he and his wife will undoubtedly face,” said Mr. Sawaya. “We are proud to announce that The Sawaya Law Firm Foundation will match all donations to Officer Lopez up to $10,000.”

Donate to Officer Lopez through the Rocky Mountain Law Enforcement Federal Credit Union, account number 23017285. Donors can call 303-458-6660, send checks by mail, or stop into any of their locations (www.rmlefcu.org). If mailing a donation, please send it to 700 W. 39th Ave, Denver, CO, 80216, in care of Officer Lopez.

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Michael established The Sawaya Law Firm in 1977 and built it into one of the largest personal injury law firms in Colorado, with more than 20 lawyers and 80 staff members serving clients from five offices located in Denver, Greeley and Colorado Springs. Throughout its history, the firm has stayed true to its 12 Core Values, which emphasize excellence in advocacy and a commitment to providing outstanding client service. Michael studied sociology and economics as an undergraduate student at The Colorado College, and he earned his law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law. In addition to being involved in several legal and community organizations, Michael enjoys playing music and cooking, and he has written a book on spiritual matters.