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Watertown in national spotlight again -- this time, on Jeopardy! game show

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  September 23, 2013 02:45 PM

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Watertown residents saw their hometown thrust in the national spotlight again this month, but this time, in a much more "puzzling" way.

"Watertown" was the correct answer to a question on Jeopardy! last week, where Alex Trebek asked contestants, "In 2013 this Boston-area town was in the news as a Marathon bombing suspect was captured there."

A contestant on the popular trivia show answered the question quickly and correctly.

The attention on the national game show came in the same week as various Watertown police officers received commendations Wednesday from the MBTA transit police for helping to save the life of Richard "Dic" Donahue in Watertown during a violent gunfight between police and Marathon bombing suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

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.

Four Watertown officers -- Menton, Reynolds, Jeff Pugliese, and Miguel Colon -- and Watertown Police Chief Ed Deveau were also honored Thursday at a Boston Red Sox game, among other New England authorities. The Watertown officers were commended for their work helping to save Donahue's life and securing Watertown during the shootout on Laurel Street on April 19.

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