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First Responders Given ‘Medal Of Honor’ For Saving T Officer Donohue’s Life

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BOSTON (CBS) — As they stood side-by-side to accept the “medal of honor” Wednesday afternoon, wounded MBTA Transit Officer Dic Donohue still didn’t remember anything about that night and his former partner tries not to think about it.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

Lucas Kitto was the first to render medical aid when Donohue was critically wounded by the suspected marathon bombers during a gun battle on a dark Watertown Street.

But he was only one of many commended by the T for helping save Donohue’s life.

Donohue is keenly aware his gushing leg artery brought him within a whisker of death that night. It’s a fate he dodged thanks to the dozens honored; like Watertown cops Tim Menton and Joe Reynolds and the staff at Mt. Auburn Hospital.

It has been five months since that harrowing ordeal, an episode that many believe drew the various branches of law enforcement even closer.

“I’d like to think nothing has changed and we can keep doing the job like we’re suppose to,” Kitto said.

And so, those who tended to Donohue filled Faneuil Hall, proud of their teamwork but even happier to see their colleague back in his dress blues, if only for one day.

“I feel like I meet them again and again and every time there’s something to share,” Donohue said.

Still on the mend, Donohue says he’s not sure what the future holds but he sure knows what these comrades mean to him.

“They made it so I could be here today,”

For that, he says the medals barely scratch the surface.

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