Orange officer who nearly lost leg gets treated, along with family, to screening of 'Rogue One'

By Greg Hardesty

Finally.

Orange Police Officer Sharif Muzayen and his fellow “Star Wars”-addicted family were looking forward to opening night of “Rogue One” in December when a suspected drunk driver hit and nearly killed Muzayen while he was on duty.

Thursday, Feb. 9, Muzayen and his wife, Vanessa, and children Luke, 8, and Leia, 2 (we told you they liked “Star Wars) were treated to a free screening of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” at Century Stadium 25 and XD Theatre in Orange.

The collision that nearly claimed Muzayen’s life — as well as his left leg, which doctors were able to save — happened around 3 a.m. Dec. 10.

“Rogue One” premiered Dec. 16.

OPD PD Officer Sharif MuzayenÕs kids, Leia and Luke, receive Star Wars gifts from theater management at Century Stadium 25 and XD theaters in Orange before going to see the new Star Wars movie, Rogue One, during a special showing for him. Other Star Wars gifts were given by the Disney studios. Photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC

Orange Police Officer Sharif Muzayen’s children, Leia and Luke, receive “Star Wars” gifts from theater management at Century Stadium 25 and XD theaters in Orange before going to see a special screening of “Rogue One” on Feb. 9. Other “Star Wars” gifts were given to the family by Disney Studios. 
Photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC

Muzayen, 32, a former Marine who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan before becoming an officer with the Orange Police Department nearly three years ago, mentioned in an interview in January while recovering in the hospital his deep love for the “Star Wars” films.

OPD PD Officer Sharif Muzayen, who almost lost his leg from a December drunk driver incident, stands next to his son as he talks about the support he’s received from the community, before going in to see the new Star Wars movie for the first time. Photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC

Orange PD Officer Sharif Muzayen stands next to his son as he talks about the support he’s received from the community.
Photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC

He was joined by his family and several fellow officers and firefighters, many of whom were dressed in “Star Wars” costumes.

Cinemark presented Sharif with refillable cups and popcorn tubs, along with “Rogue One” mini one-sheet posters. Disney also provided the family with a special “Rogue One” notebook, hoodie, hat and coin.

OPD PD Officer Sharif Muzayen, his wife Vanessa Muzayen, and their kids, Leia and Luke, arrive at Century Stadium 25 and XD theaters in Orange for a special showing of the new Star Wars movie, Rogue One. Photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC

Orange PD Officer Sharif Muzayen, his wife Vanessa, and their children, Leia and Luke, arrive at Century Stadium 25 and XD theaters in Orange for the Feb. 9 screening.
Photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC

OPD PD Officer Sharif Muzayen, who almost lost his leg from a December drunk driver incident, stands next to his son, Luke, as he is interviewed by TV reporters and talks about the support heÕs received from the community, before going in to see the new Star Wars movie for the first time. Photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC

Orange PD Officer Sharif Muzayen stands next to his son, Luke, as he is interviewed by TV reporters and talks about the support he’s received from the community.
Photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC

OPD PD Officer Sharif Muzayen sits with his wife Vanessa Muzayen and their kids, Leia and Luke, as they get ready for a special showing of, Rogue One, the new Star Wars movie, at a Century Stadium 25 and XD theater in Orange. Photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC

Photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC