Officer shot in Watertown shootout heads home
BOSTON (WHDH)--An unforgettable fan of the Bruins headed home Friday. The transit officer Dick Donohue last month was hurt in a shootout with the alleged marathon bombers and tonight he is finally home.
Officer Donohue may be a big Bruins fan but he is the one who serves as an inspiration to not only to the team but fans. As he left the hospital today he said he cannot wait to cheer on the Bruins from home.
For MBTA Transit Officer Richard Donahue waving the rally flag during the Bruins third game against the Penguins was an amazing moment for so many reasons.
“I was kind of just caught up in the moment of all of that and yeah, I can see myself in the jumbotron kind of surreal and just all of the people cheering, it was awesome,” Donohue said.
Officer Donohue was nearly killed during the shootout in Watertown. Two months later he is walking ready to leave Spaulding Rehab. He says when he got the honor to carry that Bruins flag, a few fears did cross his mind.
“I was just afraid. I didn't want to drop it or have it hit the ground. But that was the only thing that I was really afraid of. Unfortunately we didn't win the other night but we got six games to go,” said Donohue.
Knowing he has a tough road ahead as well, Officer Donohue said his goal is to be back at work serving the community who has been so supportive of him and his family.
“When I went to the Bruins game I had a few kids coming up to me and their dads wanting to take pictures of me and them. Just people shaking my hand saying you are my hero. It's been kind of crazy. I never in a million years think it would happen,” he said.
Officer Donohue will be quite busy without patient rehab now that he is home but nothing will stop him from cheering on his Bruins.