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Transit police honor Watertown responders for saving Officer Richard Donahue's life

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  September 18, 2013 02:53 PM

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MBTA transit police today honored four Watertown emergency responders for helping save the life of transit officer Richard "Dic" Donahue after a violent shootout with the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects on April 19.

The honors were given out at a commendation ceremony at Faneuil Hall in Boston this afternoon. MBTA officers were given awards for their actions and bravery during the bombing and in the subsequent events after, and a handful of responders from other departments were also honored.

Watertown police officers Joseph Reynolds and Timothy Menton and Watertown firefighters James Caruso and Patrick Menton were among the outside responders that were honored with a commendation from the MBTA transit police chief, Paul S. MacMillan, according to the department.

The four Watertown emergency responders, among others, helped save Donahue's life after he was shot in the leg during a gunfight with suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev in Watertown. They administered CPR, applied pressure and a tourniquet to Donahue's leg, and stabilized him to take him to Mount Auburn Hospital, according to a memo sent by MacMillan.

"Without their quick actions and selfless determination under extreme conditions, Officer Donahue would have succumbed to his injuries," MacMillan wrote in the memo.

In an invitation to Watertown Police Chief Ed Deveau, MacMillan said the Watertown officers "are worthy of praise and recognition for their heroic and selfless actions."

Officers from Boston, Harvard University, and State police departments were also honored at today's ceremony.

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