Blood drive held in honor of MBTA Transit Police officer wounded during confrontation with Marathon bomb suspects
A blood drive was held today in honor of MBTA Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue, who was wounded during a gun battle in Watertown with the alleged Boston Marathon bombers.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. people donated blood at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, said the Red Cross, which organized the drive along with Mount Auburn Hospital.
Donohue’s family, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, MBTA Transit Police and other first responders attended the event to give blood, the Red Cross said.
Donors received a commemorative T-shirt and a coupon for ice cream, said Donna Morrissey, communications director for the Red Cross Northeast division. Donors were also entered to win Red Sox tickets, Morrissey said.
After Donohue was shot in Watertown on April 19 he required numerous transfusions to survive, said Morrissey. His wife had not realized how much blood was necessary during trauma situations and is thankful for donors stepping forward, Morrissey said.
“I am here today because of blood donors. I would not be alive if people hadn’t volunteered their time to give blood,” Donohue said.Melissa can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @Melissa__Hanson