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Transit officer wounded in Boston shootout: MIT cop saved my life

MBTA via Reuters

MBTA transit police officer Richard Donohue Jr. Is shown with his wife Kim, in this handout photo from May 1. Donohue is recovering from injuries suffered in a shootout with two Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

A transit police officer wounded in a firefight with suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings made his first public statements Wednesday, crediting a slain MIT officer for saving his life, and revealing that a bullet from the shootout will remain lodged in his leg.

In a message posted on the MBTA Transit Police website, Richard "Dic" Donohue thanked those involved in his recovery.

“I am told that when I arrived at the hospital I had almost no blood and no pulse,” he wrote, “and the team of medical experts at Mount Auburn miraculously brought me back to life. I am now awake, moving around, talking, and telling jokes (much to my wife's dismay).”

Donohue, 33, arrived at the scene soon after MIT campus police officer Sean Collier was shot in Cambridge, Mass. Collier was shot multiple times in his squad car, police say.

Donahue credited Collier, who later died in the hospital, for saving his life.

“There is not a single day we are not thinking or speaking of Sean,” Donohue wrote. “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 said he still has a long way to go in his recovery but said he is able to briefly move around with the aid of a walker.

“The bullet will remain in my leg as it is not obstructing anything or causing any pain,” he said. “However my wife has informed me that the bullet will ultimately cause her the most pain, as I will be using it to get out of things such as mowing the lawn, doing laundry, and painting the deck. “

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, one of the suspects in the marathon bombings and the killing of Collier, died in a firefight with officers in Watertown, Mass. His brother, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is charged with federal terrorism charges for the April 15 marathon bombings.