Boston cop shot in line of duty will be Patriots honorary captain for opener

–Boston Police Department / AP

Boston Police Officer John Moynihan, who was shot in the face in March, will be named an honorary team captain by the New England Patriots during the pregame ceremonies of their Thursday night opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Moynihan, 34, was shot in the face at point-blank range by Angelo West during a March 27 traffic stop. West, 40, was subsequently shot and killed by police.

Moynihan underwent several hours of surgery and spent weeks recovering at Boston Medical Center.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft visited him at the hospital and invited the former U.S. Army Ranger and gang unit officer to be his special guest at Thursday’s season kickoff game.

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Moynihan is a “local hero and a true patriot,’’ said a Patriots press release.

In 2013, Moynihan helped save MBTA officer Richard Donohue, who was shot during the Watertown gunfight with the Boston Marathon bombers. Moynihan was later honored with their Medal of Honor from the police department and with a Top Cop award from the White House.

The pregame ceremony will feature the unveiling of the team’s 2014 Super Bowl banner.

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