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Transit police recall arresting Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

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Gunfire, a boat, and dramatic arrest; who could forget the night marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was taken into custody?

But there is one thing from that night that's never been seen.

Transit police showed 7News the handcuffs that were used on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the night he was pulled out of hiding in Watertown.

As several SWAT teams moved in it was a transit police officer who stepped up and handcuffed the suspected marathon bomber.

“Our officer placed his handcuffs on the suspect then turned him over to the medics to be treated,” a Transit Police official said.

For members of the transit police the moment had special significance. The night before, Dic Donohue one of their own was shot and critically injured in a shootout with the Tsarnaev brothers.

Donohue lost most of the blood in his body and almost didn't make it.

Transit Police have another connection, Donohue was a classmate and friend of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier who was allegedly executed in his cruiser by the brothers.

Video shows Donohue at the scene of Collier's murder just hours before Donohue was shot and rushed to the hospital.

Now the handcuffs will be part of a tribute to Collier too: the department is donating the cuffs to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund Museum in Washington in his honor

“It’s satisfying to know we were involved in the capture of the suspect that allegedly committed that act,” a Transit Police official said.

The museum is scheduled to open in 2016 and is currently collecting other pieces to help tell Collier’s story.

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