BOSTON (CBS) — The MBTA Transit Officer who was shot during a violent manhunt in Watertown nearly two weeks ago, is speaking out for the first time.
The MBTA Transit Police posted a message from Richard Donohue on their website Wednesday, along with a smiling photo of Donohue and his wife Kim.
In the message, Donohue thanks his fellow officers and the staff at Mt. Auburn Hospital who saved his life. Donohue lost nearly all of his blood and barely had a pulse when he arrived at the hospital, according to his doctors.
Donohue says he is working with investigators to piece together what happened.
“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,” Donohue wrote.
Donohue was shot while trying to capture Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
He said a long recovery lies ahead but he is now able to walk with the help of a walker.
Doctors are leaving the bullet that struck Donohue, in his leg since it’s not 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,” Donohue joked in the message.
Earlier that same night, MIT Officer Sean Collier was shot and killed. Police believe the Tsarnaev brothers shot him in an effort to steal his gun.
Collier graduated from the police academy with Donohue.
“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,” Donohue wrote.