A year after MBTA Transit Police officer Richard Donohue was shot in Watertown during a frenzied shootout between police and the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, he still receives outpourings of good will in even the most humdrum moments of his life.
“I had to fight back somebody trying to buy me a cup of coffee today,” Donohue said this week, chuckling. “Everybody wants to do something positive for me and my family.”
It’s been a long road for Donohue, 34, who sustained a wound that severed his femoral artery, causing him to lose so much blood that doctors were momentarily unable to find a pulse.
Since then, his health has improved dramatically: He can walk without assistance, and he has become an ambassador for Marathon-related fund-raisers and philanthropic organizations. Last Tuesday, Donohue raised the flag at a memorial for Boston Marathon victims.
Still, he grapples with dissonant emotions: He is grateful for the progress he’s made, but is frustrated that he is plagued by persistent pain and is unable to return to work. He is thankful for the support and assistance from strangers, but is growing weary of being a public figure.
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