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Injured officer visiting blood donors for 'Watertown Strong

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WATERTOWN, Mass. (WHDH) - They called it "Watertown Strong," the community coming together on the one-year anniversary of the shootouts on their streets.

"I don't think of it as the anniversary of when I was shot or my injuries. It's really the anniversary of the heroic, courageous action of the other people: The police officers who started CPR or getting me to cover," said MBTA officer Dic Donohue, who was shot during the shootout.

Donohue marked the occasion by visiting people donating blood at a blood drive in his honor.

It was a cause especially close to home because of how much blood he was given after he was shot.

"These came from people that came a few days beforehand, asking for nothing in return and giving blood and because they did that, again, I'm here. I survived. I needed it. and they were there," Donohue said.

Many of those donating had race bibs on from a 5k Saturday morning honoring the spirit of "Watertown Strong."

A surprise performance by elementary school dance students worked as a special treat for runners.

"A lot of these kids and their neighborhoods were affected so it was a way to come out and be strong together and to support the schools," said Susan Schick, who organized the performance.

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