After the 9/11 attacks, an army of Boston cops arrived to help at Ground Zero. Now, some New York City cops originally from Boston are planning a fundraiser for MBTA police officer Richard Donohue, who was injured in the shootout after the marathon bombings.
"The Boston guys in particular, we want to make sure we show support up there," said NYPD Lt. Conor Wynne, a Winthrop native.
He and NYPD officer John Byron, a Lynn native, and other Boston-bred New York cops are throwing the fundraiser May 24 at Manhattan's Legends Sports Bar.
Donations for an auction include signed Micky Ward boxing gloves and New York Rangers items, and a NASCAR car door. Byron, whose partner died during Hurricane Sandy, said he wants to pay back Boston cops for their support then.
"When this happened back home, it scared us," Byron said. "It was an absolute feeling of helplessness. We figured the only way we could do anything was to try raise money."
Wynne, whose family is close with the injured T cop, said, "We want to make sure they don't have any financial worries over the next couple years."
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