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Marathon Gives Watertown Police Chief Spot in the 2014 Race

Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau holds a Watertown Strong T-shirt, sold after the bombing suspects were caught in town. Money raised goes to the Watertown Police Foundation.
Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau holds a Watertown Strong T-shirt, sold after the bombing suspects were caught in town. Money raised goes to the Watertown Police Foundation.
To enter the Boston Marathon, most people must meet rigorous qualifying times or raise money for a charity registered with the race, but a few get special invitations. This year, Watertown Police Chief will be among those wearing a special bib, according to the Boston Globe.

Deveau wrote to the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) to state his case, and he has one that is tough to turn down.

"I was directly involved minutes after the bombing, playing a lead role in the Unified Command Post for the next 20 hours. I worked with Boston, State, MIT, Cambridge Police Departments, FBI and many more local, state, and federal agencies to capture the second suspect and end their terrorist acts," Deveau wrote in his application to the BAA.  

Deveau has already run the race three times, he wrote, but this year he said it would be special to run the race and cross the line with other members of the Watertown Police Department.

Read Chief Deveau's entire essay by clicking here.

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