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Former New Bedford Officer Honored for Post-Bombing Action

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A former New Bedford Police Officer had a hand in saving the life of MBTA Officer Richard Donahue, who was released from rehab Friday.

Christopher Dumont, a New Bedford officer turned State Trooper, responded to the scene on April 19, when fellow officers confronted the Tsarnaev brothers after they had hijacked a vehicle and engaged in a shootout with police.

After one of the brothers had escaped, Trooper Dumont rushed to the aid of Officer Donahue, who was bleeding out from a gunshot wound to the leg. Dumont and fellow officers were able to stop the bleeding and rush Donahue to the nearest hospital.

Dumont took a humble stance Thursday night as he was honored by the City Council.

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Dumont served on the New Bedford Police force for six years before transferring to the State Police. He still lives and works in the area.

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