Patriots Honor Boston Police Officer Wounded in Shooting

John Moynihan
Boston Police

The Patriots have honored a Boston Police officer wounded in a shooting earlier this year.

John Moynihan, a 34-year-old who has been with the department since 2008, was shot in the face during a traffic stop. The gunman, 41-year-old Angelo West, was killed when police returned fire.

The team has named Moynihan an honorary captain for Thursday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the first game of the NFL season.

Back in 2013, Moynihan was honored for helping to rescue MBTA officer Dic Donohue, who was injured in the manhunt after the Boston Marathon bombings. The following year, Moynihan received the Nation's Top Cops Award from President Barack Obama, being honored for his "heroic and relentless" response.

He also received the 2014 Boston Police Medal of Honor. After the shooting, the National Association of Italian-American Police Officers gave Moynihan the Distinguished Medal of Valor.

The Patriots kick off the regular season Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

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