COLORADO SPRINGS – The Denver Police Department shared a gold medal with injured Colorado Springs Police officer Cem Duzel after winning the Colorado Police and Fire Games.
The police department posted a photo to their Twitter page of the team with their gold medals after winning the games for the second year in a row. Denver Police officers then decided to take their gold medals to the hospital and present one to Officer Duzel.
We are the champions, my friend…
Today, DPD competed in the Colorado Police & Fire Games and took 1st place for the second year in a row! After the game, our officers visited @CSPDPIO’s officer who was recently shot and gave him a gold medal. #OhYeah #Denver pic.twitter.com/o8Z3CbgwH9
— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) August 4, 2018
Members of the Denver Police Department visited Cem at Memorial Hospital after participating in the Police and Fire Games. They gave him a Gold Medal. Thank you so much! pic.twitter.com/WYXEtjMCDs
— Springs Police (@CSPDPIO) August 5, 2018
Officer Duzel is being treated at UCHealth Memorial where he is showing small signs of improvement Saturday. However, police said his condition does remain critical.
The Colorado Springs Police officer was injured in the line of duty while responding to a shots fired call early Thursday morning. Officers received multiple witness reports of shots fired in the area of Bonfoy and Boulder Street around 2:45 a.m.
Within ten minutes of officers being sent to the area, police reported there was an officer down. Officer Duzel suffered a critical gunshot wound and was transported to the hospital for treatment.
To donate to Officer Duzel’s recovery, call the CSPPA Fallen Officer Relief Fund at (719) 634-0058 or send a check to 516 N. Tejon Street, Colorado Springs CO 80903. You can also stop at that location and donate in person.