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Outpouring of Support from Woburn for MBTA Officer Richard Donohue

Donohue was injured in the Watertown gunfight early Friday morning during the hunt for the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

There has been outpouring of support, thoughts and prayers for MBTA Police Officer Richard Donohue, of Woburn, who was injured in a shoot-out Thursday night with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

Donohue, 33, is a Winchester native who recently moved to Woburn with his wife and 7-month-old son. He has been a member of the MBTA Transit Police for three years.

In a statement released by his family earlier today, they said Donohue remains in serious condition at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge.

"We thank the people of Boston and the nation for the prayers and support they are sending to Richard and to our family," the family statement says. "Please continue to pray for Richard, a wonderful father, husband, son and brother, and a dedicated police officer who loves his work and helping people."

Woburn and Winchester Patch readers have expressed their thoughts and best wishes for Donohue and his family.

Judy Zagzoug posted on Woburn Patch's Facebook page that she is holding the officer in her thoughts. 

"Thoughts and prayers are with him and his family, wishing for a speedy recovery," she said. "Thank you for putting your life on the line to protect us."

Trish Schubmehl echoed the sentiment.

"Lots of prayers for him and his family," she posted

"Prayers to him and his family and for a speedy recovery," David Busa said.

On Winchester Patch a reader, identified only as Linda, responded to the news by posting "God bless" to the article.

Jeanne E. Craigie posted "May God bless him and all his family!" on Winchester Patch's Facebook page.

When news came out yesterday that Donohue was out of surgery and in stable, if still serious condition, Woburn Patch reader Melisa Doherty shared her relief.

"God bless him!," she said. "He's a hero! Prayers to him and his family!"

Across the state, people are doing what they can for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and the police officers injured in the line of duty.

In Woburn there was a blood drive today. Red Cross volunteer Sara Raymond said the number of walk-ins exceeded those who came by appointment and that some people waited over and hour-and-a-half to donate.

One of those donating was Chris Schindler of Woburn, who said he doesn't normally give blood but felt compelled to do so today.

"I woke up and thought that there must be a lot of people in need this week," he said. "This week's events opened my eyes to that."

About Richard

Donohue, a 1998 graduate of Winchester High School, was a yearbook contributor, National Honor Society member and a member of the mens' cross country, spring and winter track teams, according to the class of 1998 yearbook. He also was voted by his classmates as the "most hyper," according to the class superlatives page of the yearbook.

Please share your thoughts for Officer Donohue and his family in the comments section below.

Carolina Saiz April 20, 2013 at 10:34 PM
God Bless you, Richard, and your family. We are all so proud of you! Thank you for protecting us! I wish there were more great people like you, Sean and all the Police Officers and Medical Staff in this World involved in these horrible events this week! I am praying for you. Be brave, you are a strong Guy and you will make it! Love, Carrie
J April 21, 2013 at 01:06 AM
We are praying for you. We are fifth generation VMI family with one son graduated from VMI in 2012 and another matriculating in August 2013 . You represent everything we strive to be; everything we have taught our sons to do to not only represent the Institute, but our country, the United States of America. We are so proud of you and pray that God will bless you and your family with your recovery and please know how much you are admired and loved in this righteous starved world...you are our hero! The Wagner family
Carol Z April 21, 2013 at 03:26 AM
Prayers from an NYC Transit employee!
Douglas Burdett April 21, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Officer Donohue's VMI classmates and friends have set up a fund for him: http://igg.me/p/390350/x/3056438
azna April 25, 2013 at 08:32 PM
The MBTA Police Association has set up a special fund if you are interested in contributing. The website also has other information on Officer Donohue and his recovery: http://www.officerricharddonohue.com/

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