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Mass. Transit Cop Begins Recovery from Shootout

May 01, 2013  | 

Screenshot via WCVB.
Screenshot via WCVB.
The MBTA transit police officer critically wounded in a shootout with the Tsarnaev brothers vowed to "recover back to 100%" in a blog post released to update the Boston and law enforcement communities.

"I cannot begin to properly thank everyone involved in my recovery, as many fearless individuals stepped up and acted heroically that night," Officer Richard Donahue wrote in the blog, reports WCBV.

Officer Donahue, 33, was hit in the right thigh during the April 15 gunfight that led to the death of Tamerlan and the capture of Dzhokhar. Donahue lost nearly all the blood in his body and needed to be recuscitated after his heart stopped.

"I must thank my brothers from the Transit, Boston, Harvard, Watertown, Cambridge and State Police, as well as fire department personnel and the various other first responders, all of whom put their own lives on the line to save mine," Donohue wrote. "In the midst of a firefight, they dropped to the ground and assisted me when I was shot."

Comments (6)

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CT LEO RET @ 5/2/2013 5:30 PM

Your recovery is nothing short of a miracle!!!!! God bless you and God speed with your recovery!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jingcha @ 5/2/2013 8:56 PM

Get Well Brother.

PCB @ 5/2/2013 9:34 PM

Welcome back brother!!! It is so good to hear some positive news! You are an inspiration to all still working and to those of us that are retired and have fought the battles before you. I hope you stay in law enforcement, we all need officers of your caliber. God Bless You and Your Family!!

vincenzino @ 5/3/2013 6:10 AM

God Bless You, Brother!! Thanks for thwarting the escape of those
monsters. You've helped save countless more innocent lives through your courageous actions. Proud to have you in the family!!!

Chief Husum @ 5/3/2013 7:32 AM

It's people like you, and all those who helped you, who stay to fight the fight. Thats what we do. Get well soon.

Evan Shepherd Reiff @ 5/5/2013 1:59 PM

Your recovery is a blessing....and thank you for your service. You and our other first responders are our first line of defense and integral to "Homeland Defense". Please remember to take care of all aspects of your self in your recovery. Acute psychological trauma untreated can develop into deeper and more challenging patterns. May your healing be quick and complete. We need you!

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