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(Ofc. Donohue and his wife Kim.  Photo Courtesy: MBTA Transit Police)

(Ofc. Donohue and his wife Kim. Photo Courtesy: MBTA Transit Police)

BOSTON, Mass. (WGGB) — For the first time since being hit by gunfire during a manhunt for the alleged marathon bombing suspects, MBTA Transit Police Officer Richard “Dic” Donohue talks about his recovery from his room at Mount Auburn Hospital.

In a message posted on the Transit Police’s blog, Donohue thanks everyone involved in his recovery and first responders from several area towns “all of whom put their own lives on the line to save mine.”

Donohue and his wife, Kim, also express their condolences to the family of Sean Collier. Collier was shot and killed during the late-night hours of Thursday, April 18, allegedly at the hands of the Tsarnaev brothers.

“Sean was one of my good friends out of the 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 writes.

Donohue says that he does not remember much of what happened nearly two weeks ago and is still working with investigators to piece together the events of that night.

“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.”

With regards to his recovery, Donohue adds that he is “awake, moving around, talking, and telling jokes (much to my wife’s dismay).” He also notes that he has “a long road of rehab and recovery ahead, but I am optimistic I’ll recover back to 100%.”


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