Originally Published: December 2, 2012 9:21 p.m.
Attorney Tony Shaw hugged his son Mike Shaw and attorney Dave Lange spoke warmly about his friend Bob Schmitt as they accepted awards Friday night from the Yavapai Bar Association at the Hotel St. Michael in Prescott.
Shaw received the Jack Ogg Award for Community Service while Lange received the Harold J. Wolfinger Award for Professionalism, said Andy Jolley, past president of the Yavapai County Bar Association.
"Tony has donated a lot of time and service to Vietnam veterans and many other organizations in our community," Jolley said. "Everybody in the legal community knows and respects Dave."
Shaw, a Vietnam veteran who served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, devotes a great deal of his time to the Veterans Vietnam Restoration Project, Veterans Action Leadership, Call to Duty Foundation, and Vietnam Veterans of America as well as the rotary and Yavapai Humane Society, said his son Mike.
"I learned through talking with my father and his friends that he served in some of the most dangerous places during the war," Mike said. "My father, like most Vietnam veterans, would tell you those physical injuries do heal up, but the psychological injuries take much longer to heal."
In recent years, Shaw, who was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his military service, has gone on several trips to impoverished areas of Vietnam to build schools and medical centers with the Veterans Vietnam Restoration Project.
Shaw said he is passionate about getting veterans to go back to Vietnam, heal themselves and promote peace in the world.
When Shaw went back in 2007 to an area in Vietnam he served in, he said he stopped at a restaurant run by a Vietnamese woman who had been trying to kill him from 1968 to 1969 while he had been trying to kill her.
"We hugged, we talked peace, we talked how stupid our governments were and all the things they made us do," Shaw said.
Another veteran with Shaw that day told him it was the greatest experience he'd ever had, Shaw said.
Shaw then thanked his family, friends and coworkers for their support that let him do so much over the years, especially his wife Patricia.
"My dad has always been willing to help anyone who needs help," Mike said. "He's helped me and other younger attorneys and all of us are better off because of it."
Shaw said he knew Jack Ogg, and "I feel really honored to be getting this award for him. Thank you."
"I'm glad to be here with Dave Lange, because he's the first lawyer in Arizona I met in 1973 in a bar review course," Shaw said. "We two Vietnam combat vets we needed each other's company."
Schmitt said Lange, whom he met 40 years ago at ASU law school, exhibits pride, participation, and professionalism in everything he does.
Lange grew up in Prescott, met his wife Georgia while at junior high, and graduated as valedictorian from Prescott High School. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army in Vietnam where he earned a Silver Star and two Bronze Stars with valor.
"The nice thing about this award is that his peers out there said, 'David you're doing it right,'" Schmitt said. "Dave is the epitome of someone who takes this to heart."
Lange said he appreciated the goodwill of his coworkers over the past year as he and his family dealt with medical issues, then thanked his family, friends and coworkers for their support and especially his wife Georgia.
Lange said he'd learned a lot from Harold Wolfinger, who referred a number of good cases to him and that he really appreciated it.
"Harold was a mentor and friend to me," Lange said. "I looked to him and appreciate the chances he gave to prove myself."
Lange said he always tries to treat people as he would like to be treated.
"I guess as an attorney, you're mean when you need to be, but it doesn't fit my style," Lange said.