Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Message from Officer Donohue

Message from Transit Police Officer Richard "Dic" Donohue:

I cannot begin to properly thank everyone involved in my recovery, as many fearless individuals stepped up and acted heroically that night. To start I must thank my brothers from the Transit, Boston, Harvard, Watertown, Cambridge and State Police, as well as fire department personnel and the various other first responders, all of whom put their own lives on the line to save mine. In the midst of a firefight they dropped to the ground and assisted me when I was shot. My family got through those first few days through the community's outpouring of prayers and endless support. I am told that when I arrived at the hospital I had almost no blood and no pulse, 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). I am able to walk briefly through the use of a walker. My pain varies day to day and I still have a long road of rehab and recovery ahead, but I am optimistic I'll recover back to 100%. The bullet will remain in my leg as it is not obstructing anything or causing any pain. 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.

Officer Donohue & his wife Kim
My wife and I send heartfelt condolences to the Collier family. 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.

We want to again thank everyone for their prayers and concerns. I, however, have very little memory of the week's events and am working with officials to piece everything together. 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.

My wife and I understand the news value of what has occurred, but we ask you to give us the time and space we need during my recovery.


Thank you for your understanding.



  1. Continued good wishes to you (and Kim!) in your recovery. Your enduring sense of humor has made this internet stranger's day. :)

  2. Class Act from a true American Hero - Best Wishes for a speedy full recovery - Thank You, Officer Richard 'Dic' Donohue.

  3. Beautifully said Dic...God Bless you & your family & may you continue to recover quickly. You & Kim are so strong & an inspriration to us all. by the way, I am a tenant/friend of your grandmother Barbara & also know your mom. God Bless them too, they are strong women! Being the mom of 3 sons,one of whom is a firefighter, I know this has been their worse nightmare. Sincerely, Valerie Saunders, Winchester Ma.

  4. well done Officer. Best wishes for your continued speedy recovery and thank you for your sacrifice.

  5. so happy you are recovering... so happy you are still here....thanks for sharing your thoughts....

  6. Hoping for ever-forward moving progress on your recovery - physical and otherwise. Take care.

  7. Officer Donohue,
    Best wishes for a full, complete and speedy recovery. I hope you are 100 % soon.
    Take care

  8. Great news! Continued prayers for your full recovery.

  9. A beautiful statement. Thank you for your service, and know that millions around the world are praying for your safe and speedy recovery. All the best to you and your loved ones, Officer Donohue.

  10. As a proud former 10 year member of the NYC Transit Police (until THE MERGE!)and a 9/11 veteran I wish you a speedy recovery brother and great job!

  11. I don't think Kim needs to worry about the chores getting done. I'm guessing that a simple mention will get help from a grateful community.

  12. I wish you a well and speedy recovery! Thank you for serving and protecting!

  13. So great to "hear" that you're doing so well. Thank you for the update and for the invasion into your privacy - we are all so thankful for your service and your recovery.

  14. You are a true hero!! Thanks to God, you are healthy and safe.

  15. Dear Officer Donahue,
    My son & I are glad too hear you are doing well.
    You & Officer Collier are true heroes and we thank you for that

  16. I continue to keep you and Kim in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for a job well done you are a true hero.

  17. Thank you for the update. I'm so glad to hear the great news!!!! I wish you a speedy recovery with lots of time to relax and enjoy your family. Thank you for all that you do. I would also like to thank Kim for all the sacrifices she has to make as the wife of a cop. I wish you all the best.

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  19. So glad to hear you are on the road to recovery!! I am Transit Cop Craig Simpson's aunt-in-law. His wife is my niece, and they both have spoken so highly of you. Thanks for being a hero~~I know you may not feel as though you are, but the simple fact that you and your brothers put your lives on the line everyday, certainly makes you one in my book!
    Take care, and God Bless.
    Heather Baird Lashier

  20. You are a hero and an inspiration! I'm so glad you are feeling better, and my prayers and thoughts go out to you and your beautiful family. Thanks for all you do.

  21. Please continue your remarkable recovery, we are all pulling for you. I'm proud of you and never been prouder to have been a "T Cop" So sad at the senseless loss of our brother Sean.

    Come back soon.


  22. I married into an ongoing Family of Carrier Police Officers from Warden, Chief and patrol. I admire their courage to face the Dangers and Pressures of the Job and to their Wife that support and understand them. Wish you and your wife a speedy full recovery - Thank You for your service, Officer Donohue.

  23. Best wishes Officer Donohue and Kim Donohue from Sydney, Australia. Our sincerest thanks for your bravery and courage in taking on these gutless Islamist terrorists who slaughtered and maimed so many innocent folks who were simply cheering on their loved ones as they finished the marathon. Wishing you a fast and full recovery. Take care.

  24. Well said brother. My hopes for your full and complete recovery.

  25. Officer Donohue, I'm praying for your speedy and full recovery. Well wishes to your wife and family. RIP Officer Sean Collier. Both of you are real heroes. Salute to all law enforcement officers!

  26. Praying for your full recovery!

  27. God was standing watch over you that night, and the people are thankful that he did. I hope you have a speedy and full recovery.

  28. All the best Officer to you and your family. As a retired T Cop I continue to pray for all of my police family that are carrying on the legacy of T Cops! God Bless!

    Joe "Magiceyes" Mastrorilli

  29. Best wishes for a speedy recovery from fellow transit cops in London UK, and from us who watched events live from across the pond, on shift, our thoughts and prayers are with you all to stay safe.
    PC Jeff Woods, ( BTP ) British Transport Police Response Team B London Underground.

  30. Hi my name is Ben I know about paralysis myself I have been paralyzed for seven years from jumping off of a boat. I cannot move my arms or my legs. You seem like a very outgoing guy with a good attitude and outlook on your situation even if you're not able to walk again life is not over and I am not going to sugarcoat anything it's a battle every day and you're going to get very frustrated, but always remember to think positive and getting your feelings and frustrations out by talking specially for family they are going to be your biggest support anyways. I wish you and your wife and family the best and I hope that you do walk again and that you have a speedy recovery and if you want someone to talk to that understands your situation just let me know and take care

  31. Bless you &your continue to recover quickly....
    Best wishes for you and thanks you for your sacrifice....
    I have litle book i keep your neme to pray every day....God give you new life....enjoey....jesus have plene for you......
    I will keep PRAYer's for you end my heroi "" SEAN FAMILY""

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