Boston cop shot by bomber positive about recovery

Officer Donahue is walking with a walker, and thanks the doctors who saved him and the fellow officer who risked his life


By Deb Stanley
The Denver Channel

BOSTON — The Boston transit officer critically injured in a shootout with the marathon bombing suspects is beginning to walk again.

Richard H. Donohue, Jr., 33, was shot around 1 a.m. on April 15 after officers chased and stopped a carjacked SUV with the two bombing suspects — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev — inside. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot and killed. Donohue was also shot, but survived.

"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," Donohue wrote in a letter released by the Massachusettes Transit Police Department. "I am now awake, moving around, talking, and telling jokes (much to my Wife's dismay)."

Donohue said he still has a bullet in his leg. However, he said he is able to walk briefly with a walker.

Donohue believes believes his friend, Sean Collier, the MIT officer allegedly killed by the Tsarnaev brothers, helped saved his life.

"... we are certain Sean was watching over me and assisted in saving my life," Donahue wrote. "He could not save himself that night, but Sean could save me."

Donohue and Collier attended the police academy together in 2010.

"There is not a single day we are not thinking or speaking of Sean," said Donohue.

Donohue has worked as a officer with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority for three years.

Reprinted with permission from the Denver Channel

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