Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officer Richard "Dic" Donohue returned to work earlier in the day, and was even promoted to sergeant in a ceremony attended by some of the people who helped save him.
Of Tsarnaev’s death sentence today, according to the MBTA Transit Police, Donohue said in a statement: "Just over two years after the events that impacted us as a community and a nation, we can finally close this chapter in our lives. The verdict, undoubtedly a difficult decision for the jury, gives me relief and closure as well as the ability to keep moving forward."
"Every day I wake up, I have pain and I have learned to manage that. And I look back a year and even a few months to see how far I've come," Donohue said according to ABC News affiliate WCVB-TV in Boston. "Sometimes I think about how crazy it was and how lucky I am to be alive and how lucky I was that certain people took certain actions."
Donohue will be working the special crimes unit, WCVB reported, which handles drug and anti-terrorism cases.
Tsarnaev was convicted last month of all 30 counts related to the deadly April 15, 2013, bombing. Three people were killed, including an 8-year-old boy, and another 260 were injured when twin blasts ripped through crowds near the finish line of the marathon.