Heroes Week: How an officer critically hurt in a protest is helping others

9NEWS at 6 a.m. 09/13/16.

KUSA - Denver Police Officer John Adsit has gone through more than his share of hardship.

He was critically wounded when a man who court records say shouldn’t have been driving plowed into him while he was working at a protest in December 2014. He wasn’t expected to survive, but he did.

Now, after 18 surgeries, he still has nerve damage in his left arm. Nevertheless, he’s back to work, and now, Adsit is using his life to help others.

His nonprofit Adsit Strong is holding a ‘Rise and Run’ 5K to benefit Tony Lopez Jr., a Denver Police officer who was shot multiple times during a traffic stop in 2015.

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Lopez went through a total of 19 liters of blood transfusions, and after five major surgeries, he was released from the hospital on Dec. 31.

He still has a long way to go, and Adsit’s foundation wants to help with his recovery.

The 5K is slated for Sept. 17. It costs $45 to register and starts at 9 a.m. at 7280 Lagae Rd. in Castle Pines.

For more information, go to: http://adsitstrong.org/

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