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MBTA Transit officer injured in Boston bombing thanks doctors, community

Union Leader Correspondent

May 01. 2013 8:09PM
MBTA Transit Officer Richard "Dic" Donohue and his wife, Kim, a 2000 graduate of Exeter High School. (COURTESY)

Wounded MBTA Transit Officer Richard "Dic" Donohue made his first public statement Wednesday to thank doctors for bringing him "back to life" and the many others who rushed to his aid when he was shot during the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

In a message posted on a blog for the MBTA Transit Police, Donohue talked about his long road to recovery and his close friend, MIT Officer Sean Collier, who was shot and killed after allegedly being ambushed by Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the brothers accused of carrying out the bombings.

Donohue and his wife, Kim, a 2000 graduate of Exeter High School, offered their condolences to Collier's family.

"Sean was one of my good friends out of the (Police Academy) and I arrived on scene soon after Sean's attack. There is not a single day we are not thinking or speaking of Sean. And we are certain Sean was watching over me and assisted in saving my life. He could not save himself that night, but Sean could save me," Donohue said in his message.

Donohue also praised doctors for their work on the night he arrived in grave condition at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass.

"I am told that when I arrived at the hospital I had almost no blood and no pulse, and the team of medical experts at Mount Auburn miraculously brought me back to life. I am now awake, moving around, talking, and telling jokes (much to my wife's dismay)," he said.

Donohue had been able to take brief walks with the aid of a walker.

"My pain varies day to day and I still have a long road of rehab and recovery ahead, but I am optimistic I'll recover back to 100 percent," he said.

According to Donohue, the bullet will remain in his leg since it's not causing an obstruction or pain.

Despite his injuries, Donohue has kept his sense of humor. He said his wife told him that leaving the bullet in his leg "will ultimately cause her the most pain, as I will be using it to get out of things such as mowing the lawn, doing laundry, and painting the deck."

Donohue thanked fellow Massachusetts officers from the MBTA, Boston, Harvard, Watertown, Cambridge and State Police, along with the fire personnel and other first responders who "put their own lives on the line to save mine."

He added, "In the midst of a firefight they dropped to the ground and assisted me when I was shot. My family got through those first few days through the community's outpouring of prayers and endless support."

Donohue remembers very little about the events of that week and is "working with officials to piece everything together. When the full story of that evening is accounted for, it will be wilder than any movie you have ever seen. And it will contain more heroes."

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