US Sen. Ed Markey, (D-Mass.) will bring Watertown Police Chief Ed Deveau as his guest to President Obama's State of the Union address tonight, according to Markey's office and police representatives.
The speech will take place tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
Deveau represents the police department involved in the shootout with alleged Boston Marathon bombing suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev in April.
“Chief Deveau and all of the brave officers of the Watertown Police Department, as well as all the other courageous responders to the bombings, are heroes who embody the strength and resilience that united the people of Boston and Massachusetts after the bombs went off on Boylston Street,” Markey said in a statement.
“Chief Deveau and his men courageously defended the streets of Watertown after the attacks and in doing so defended our nation. I am so proud to have Chief Deveau here with me to honor him and the bravery of his officers and all of those heroes who selflessly defended and protected us during and after the attacks."
Deveau grew up in Watertown, attended Watertown Public Schools and graduated from Watertown High School in 1974. He joined the Watertown Police Department in 1983 and has served as chief since 2001.
“It is an honor for me to represent the men and women of the Watertown Police Department as well as the entire Watertown community in Washington this evening,” Deveau said in the statement. “I am so proud of the accomplishments of my department, as well as how our community responded during the events of 2013.”
Deveau is not the only State of the Union guest with ties to the Boston tragedy: two of the men forever linked by last year’s bombings will be guests of Michelle Obama, the Globe reported this week.
Jeff Bauman — the 27-year-old who lost both legs in the attack — and Carlos Arredondo — the 53-year-old wearing a cowboy hat who wheeled him to safety — will be there for the speech.
The scene of the two in the immediate aftermath of the bombings became one of the iconic images, capturing both the chaos and courage of the day.
From his hospital bed, Bauman later played a crucial role in describing the Tsarnaev brothers and helping investigators try to identify the bombing suspects. Arrendondo, who made a tourniquet from a sweater sleeve that saved Bauman’s life, is now what some of his friends call Boston’s “comforter in chief.”
Their presence in the House chamber may be one indication that Obama will bring up the Boston bombings during his address. Those who are invited typically reinforce a point that the president makes during the speech.
Jaclyn Reiss can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org