March 1 2016
MBTA Officer Richard Donohue, Injured in Pursuit of Boston Marathon Bombers, to Speak to Burlington Group
A local hero will be speaking to a Burlington group.
On Friday, March 11, MBTA Police Sergeant Richard “Dic” Donohue will be the featured speaker at the Rotary Club of Burlington’s lunch meeting. The meeting will begin at the Hilton Garden Inn and will start at noon. Donohue will speak about his experience after the Boston Marathon bombings.
Sgt. Donohue was shot in Watertown on April 19, 2013 during an active police pursuit of the brothers responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings four days earlier. His injuries were severe, including nearly fatal blood loss. Fellow police officers as well as firefighters rushed to his aid. He was taken to Mt. Auburn Hospital, where doctors were able to save his life.
“He will talk about being wounded in the line of duty and his miraculous survival,” a notice from the Rotary Club states. “Dic’s journey just began then, and he will share the lessons he learned in recovery, focusing on resilience and community support.”
After his recovery Donohue went back to work for the MBTA Police. However, this past February, he announced that he was retiring from the force due to continued problems resulting from his injuries. However, he said he plans to stay busy in retirement. He recently accepted an adjunct professorship at a local college, teaching criminal justice to the next generation of law enforcement leaders. He is also an active ambassador and board member for the American Red Cross, as his life was saved in part due to generous blood donors.