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A Twitter tribute to MBTA Officer Richard Donohue

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  April 26, 2013 04:09 PM

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In this 2010 photo provided by the MBTA, Richard Donohue Jr., left, and Sean Collier pose together at their graduation from the Municipal Police Officers' Academy.

A Twitter tribute to MBTA Officer Richard Donohue

Storified by Jeremy C. Fox· Fri, Apr 26 2013 13:26:34

Each week in this space, Twitter users respond to the joys -- and, more often, the frustrations -- of riding the T.

But the events of the past 11 days have shifted many perspectives, and it seems in bad taste to mock the MBTA for running a few minutes late while a Transit Police officer lies in Mount Auburn Hospital, struggling to recover from a bullet wound incurred as he pursued two men suspected of murdering a colleague and friend. 

This week's column will feature no complaints, only messages of thanks, support, and of the joy of being alive and safe in a great city. 

It is dedicated to Officer Richard "Dic" Donohue Jr. and his fellow Transit Police and MBTA staff, who work harder than they get credit for. It is also dedicated to the other law enforcement officers who risk their lives to make all residents of Greater Boston safer, and to Donohue's police academy classmate and friend, MIT police Officer Sean Collier, killed in the line of duty.

To begin, here is just a sampling of many messages of appreciation and support for Officer Donohue, who graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and served in the Navy before joining the Transit Police:
picture of cadets at VMI signing a flag for MBTA officer Richard Donohue, '02 VMI grad, injured in Boston shootout. pic.twitter.com/YA3oI5gDZKAnne McNamara
Dic Donahue, one of VMI my classmates, was seriously wounded by suspect. Pls RT this site to support Dic's family: indiegogo.com/projects/injur…John Noonan
Our thoughts & prayers are with MBTA Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue Jr. who was shot last night in Watertown, MA. #bostonmarathonbretmichaels
Send prayers toward #MBTA Officer Richard Donohue who was shot and seriously injured last night. Get well, brother pic.twitter.com/OKgBgFxpj8Brian Austin
Thank you to everyone who has sent us well wishes from around the world! Please keep Officer Donohue in your prayers! #BostonStrong #MBTAMBTA Transit Police
Please pray for our hero Officer Richard H. Donohue's recovery #MBTACamille Collins
Thinking about MBTA Transit Officer Richard H. Donohue Jr., who was shot and critically injured Thurs. night by Marathon bombers. @nleomfCraig Floyd
#BostonStrong Honor a hero - Boston MBTA officer indiegogo.com/projects/injur…Conor Evans
Officer Donohue and Officer Collier... Graduation day at the MBTA Police Academy. Please keep both in your prayers pic.twitter.com/Aii90KrJZOBraintree Police
Wishing for a full recovery for wounded MBTA Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue, Jr. @MBTATransitPDMiddlesex Sheriff
Praying for MBTA Officer Richard Donohue to make a full recoveryMegan
Please help a fellow #VMI grad and wounded #boston hero! indiegogo.com/projects/injur…Matt Howard
Here is me with MBTA Officer Richard Donohue who is in critical, but stable condition. Hopes he makes a full recovery pic.twitter.com/LrLndc0mGUAdolfo Gonzalez
Police Officer & Navy Veteran Dic Donahue and his family are in need of support after he was critically wounded... fb.me/NEGT2vgSFenix281
Here's a name that should be remembered: Richard Donohue. latimes.com/news/nation/na…StarFortress
@NHLBruins thank you, shirt to be presented to #MBTA TPD Officer Donohue & his family. #bostonstrong pic.twitter.com/gr4sFL0U3qMBTA Transit Police
Please take a moment today to remember MBTA Officer Richard Donohue and all those recovering from last week's terrorist attack in Boston.Greenfield Police
Please consider supporting Boston hero and VMI graduate Dic Donahue Jr. All proceeds go to him and his family: indiegogo.com/projects/injur…Taylor S. Evans
Virginia Military Inst. honor TPD Officer Donohue for his heroic actions. #MBTA #bostonstrongtpdnews411.com/2013/04/virgin…MBTA Transit Police
Just made donation to new fund for wounded Officer Donohue (MBTA) @ officerricharddonohue.comMichael DeGrosky
Please keep MBTA OFFICER RICHARD DONOHUE in your prayers as he continues to recover in the hospital after being shot in BostonMike Brooks
Please support Injured MBTA Officer Dic Donohue #VMI '02 Grad & all around great guy! igg.me/p/injured-mbta… #indiegogo via @indiegogoKayla Lane
@vmialumni hero and fallen brother. indiegogo.com/projects/injur…David Dixon
MBTA Transit Officer "Dic" Donohue needs our help; he is gravely injured from the shootout with the Boston... fb.me/2335fuOm3David Smith
Dic Donohue is a hero who put his life in danger to stop the bad guys! Hope he makes a full and quick recovery. Best #MBTABrag ever.Sara F.
@YTDowntown thank you to all our officers in Blue and our first responders! R?I?P Sean Collier #MBTABragDiana Hill
All around Boston this week, there were signs of a resilient city recovering from the horrors of the Marathon bombings and the subsequent pursuit of the alleged bombers, during which Collier was killed and Donohue wounded:
#bostonstrong #CT2 #MBTAbrag pic.twitter.com/UMJJUSPh69Rachel Heaton (Ryan)
Took a ride down Boylston on the 39. Crowded with gawkers and pilgrims alike. Glad I was on the bus. #mbtabragNeenah Estrella-Luna
And there were simple acts of kindness:
I was running for the #OrangeLine at Back Bay and a guy put his hand out to make sure the door didn't close. Boston is the best. #MBTAbragJeremy C. Fox
Thank you to the sweet bus driver on the #66 who waited for me to cross the street to catch the bus & w a smile! #mbtabrag Little things..._veritaserum
Got a moth dying to get out of my red line train today, out. Gratitudes. #mbtabragJules Wang
Slowly, here and there, life began to return to normal:
A dude on my train is eating something called "perky jerky." Is that caffeinated jerky? #mbtabrag? #dontevenwanttoknowSara F.
And sometimes even better than normal:
All connections made, no disabled trains, air conditioning, & not too cramped. A good day for sure. #MBTAbragAndrea Still Gray
There’s a puppy on my train! #MBTAbragMelinda
Donations to Donohue and his family can be made at www.officerricharddonohue.com, or by mailing checks payable to the “MBTA Police Association Benevolent Fund Inc.” to MBTA Police Department, c/o Officer Donohue Fund, 240 South Hampton St., Boston, MA, 02118.


To donate to The One Fund Boston, established by Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas M. Menino to benefit those injured in the bombings and the families of those killed, visit onefundboston.org or send a check to One Fund Boston Inc., 800 Bolyston St. #990009, Boston, MA 02199. 

Next week, this page will return to its usual purpose of cataloging your frustrating, exciting, and just plan confusing experiences on the T, so keep using #MBTAbrag and #MBTAannoy to let everyone know how you feel. And stay safe.

Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com.
Follow him on Twitter: @jeremycfox.
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