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Richard 'Dic' Donohue, Cop Hurt in Gunfight With Boston Bombers, Back At Work

by Tom Winter and Jon Schuppe /  / Updated 
The MBTA Police have announced that Officer Richard "Dic' Donohue‎ is back on the job today.
The MBTA Police have announced that Officer Richard "Dic' Donohue‎ is back on the job today.Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority

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A transit cop who nearly died in a shootout between the Boston Marathon bombers and police has returned to the job, more than two years after he was injured.

Richard "Dic" Donohue was back on the job Friday with the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, with a new rank of sergeant, the agency said.

Donohue was among dozens of law enforcement officers who responded to an April 19, 2013 shootout in Watertown, Massachusetts with brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, wanted for planting two bombs at the race's finish line four days earlier.

Donohue was hit in the groin by a police bullet. He had almost bled to death when he arrived at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. A nurse there testified in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's terror trial that he was "essentially dead."

Hospital staff brought him back to life, and he began a long road to recovery.

Donohue showed up for part of the bombing trial, where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty of all 30 counts against him, including charges related to the Watertown firefight. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in the shootout.

The jury is currently deciding whether to sentence Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death or life in prison.

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