BOSTON (CBS) – The brother of Richard Donohue called in to 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich on Friday morning, saying the MBTA officer is recovering well after he was nearly killed in a violent shootout with the suspected Boston Marathon bombers last week.

Ed Donohue called Toucher & Rich not only to update them on his brother’s condition, but pass on some kind words for the show.

“He’s doing absolutely awesome,” said Ed. “He’s a huge fan of the show and when I played him the Paul Stanley bit yesterday, he was hurting from laughing so hard. You guys are definitely bringing some joy to his life right now as he sits and watches re-runs of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

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Ed said his brother is talking and mentally alert, but has a long road to recovery. While he is suffering from some short-term memory loss, his brother says Donahue’s sense of humor has come back and he is in good spirits.

“He’s so happy to be awake, have family (by his side),” said Ed. “He got to see the Watertown guys that were on scene and the EMTs; you can see a little tear come to his eyes when he gets to see those guys because they definitely saved his life Friday morning.”

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To make sure he doesn’t have to watch more Fresh Prince, Rich has offered to get officer Donohue an iPad as a show of gratitude. Ed asks that others wanting to show support for his brother to donate blood — which saved his brother’s life.


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