5 years after Boston Marathon bombing, MIT police officer remembered


April 15, 2013. 

It’s a date that sticks with many New Englanders, who remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when the bombs shook the finish line.

BOSTON, Mass. (WPRI) — “It’s a tough time of year, it certainly is,” said retired transit officer Dic Donohue. “There’s tragedy to look back upon.”

Donohue spoke at a charity event raising money for the Sean Collier Memorial Fund.

Collier was an MIT police officer who was killed in the days following the bombing, when the manhunt for the suspects spanned the greater Boston area.

While he was sitting in his patrol car in Watertown, Collier was ambushed and shot multiple times by the Tsarnaev brothers.

On Wednesday night, dozens of people gathered at a fundraiser for the memorial fund in his name.

“I think he’d be really proud of it,” said Collier’s sister Jennifer Lemmerman.

Lemmerman and her family created the memorial fund to honor Collier’s life. The fund supports causes closest to Collier’s heart: aspiring police officers, families of fallen heroes, and underprivileged children.

“We’re really proud of it,” said Lemmerman. “We’re thankful for it. If he’s not here doing it himself, we’re glad he’s had the effect of causing it to continue after his death.”

In just the past year since its creation, the Sean Collier Memorial Fund has donated $50,000 to those causes.

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