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Watertown, MA - Thousands Mourn Boston Firefighter Killed In Blaze

Published on: April 2, 2014 12:59 PM
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Firefighters salute as the funeral procession for Boston fire Lt. Edward Walsh arrives outside St. Patrick's Church in Watertown, Mass., Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Walsh and his colleague Michael Kennedy died after being trapped while battling a nine-alarm apartment fire in Boston on March 26. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Firefighters salute as the funeral procession for Boston fire Lt. Edward Walsh arrives outside St. Patrick's Church in Watertown, Mass., Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Walsh and his colleague Michael Kennedy died after being trapped while battling a nine-alarm apartment fire in Boston on March 26. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Watertown, MA - Thousands of firefighters from across the United States lined the streets of a Massachusetts city on Wednesday for the funeral of one of two firefighters who died battling a blaze in a Boston apartment building last week.

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Two ladder trucks from local fire companies held an enormous American flag in front of St. Patrick’s Church in Watertown, just outside Boston, where Boston Fire Department Lieutenant Edward Walsh’s funeral was being held.

Walsh, 43, and Firefighter Michael Kennedy, 33, died on March 26 while battling a roaring fire in a four-story apartment building in Boston’s historic Back Bay neighborhood.

Some 150 firefighters responded to the blaze and more than 17 were injured. No residents of the building were hurt.

Firefighters from New York, Chicago and Miami joined the procession ahead of the funeral, where officials, including Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and the city’s Roman Catholic Archbishop Sean O’Malley were expected to speak.

As bagpipes played, a fire truck carried Walsh’s casket, draped in a Boston Fire Department flag, into the church. A line of uniformed firefighters, including one with a white bandage wrapped around much of his head, saluted as the body was carried into the church.

Walsh, who leaves behind his wife and three children, will be buried next to his father, who was also a firefighter.

Firefighters salute as the casket of Boston Fire Lt. Edward Walsh is lowered from Engine 33 as it arrives outside the Church of Saint Patrick in Watertown, Mass., Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Walsh and Boston Firefighter Michael Kennedy died after being trapped while battling a fire in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Firefighters salute as the casket of Boston Fire Lt. Edward Walsh is lowered from Engine 33 as it arrives outside the Church of Saint Patrick in Watertown, Mass., Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Walsh and Boston Firefighter Michael Kennedy died after being trapped while battling a fire in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Kennedy’s funeral will follow on Thursday at Holy Name Church in Boston’s West Roxbury neighborhood.

Aaron Dushku, 40, a Watertown councilor-at-large, said the turnout reflected how well Walsh was known in the community.

“It’s just recognition of a local son, a native son, a brave hero who died in the line of duty,” said Dushku, who attended high school with Walsh. “We’re a pretty tight community.”

Brendan Gurry, a firefighter from Newark, New Jersey, said he and about nine others from his department had traveled 300 miles to attend the funeral.

“I would travel as far as my money would take me to show respect for someone who gave the ultimate sacrifice,” said Gurry, 32, who was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, just outside Boston. “It’s an honor thing.”

Firefighters stand to attention during the funeral procession for fallen Boston Fire Lt Edward Walsh in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA, 02 April 2014. Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy were killed in a fire in the Back Bay section of Boston on 26 March 2014. (Credit: EPA)Firefighters stand to attention during the funeral procession for fallen Boston Fire Lt Edward Walsh in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA, 02 April 2014. Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy were killed in a fire in the Back Bay section of Boston on 26 March 2014. (Credit: EPA)
Boston firefighters carry the casket into St Patrick's Church before the start of the funeral for fallen Boston Fire Lt Edward Walsh in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA, 02 April 2014. Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy were killed in a fire in the Back Bay section of Boston on 26 March 2014. (Credit: EPA)Boston firefighters carry the casket into St Patrick’s Church before the start of the funeral for fallen Boston Fire Lt Edward Walsh in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA, 02 April 2014. Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy were killed in a fire in the Back Bay section of Boston on 26 March 2014. (Credit: EPA)
Boston Fire fighters remove the casket from Engine 33 during the funeral procession for fallen Boston Fire Lt Edward Walsh in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA, 02 April 2014. Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy were killed in a fire in the Back Bay section of Boston on 26 March 2014. (Credit: EPA)Boston Fire fighters remove the casket from Engine 33 during the funeral procession for fallen Boston Fire Lt Edward Walsh in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA, 02 April 2014. Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy were killed in a fire in the Back Bay section of Boston on 26 March 2014. (Credit: EPA)
Firefighters stand at attention as Engine 33 and Ladder 15 transport the casket during the funeral procession for fallen Boston Fire Lt Edward Walsh in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA, 02 April 2014. Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy were killed in a fire in the Back Bay section of Boston on 26 March 2014. (Credit: EPA)Firefighters stand at attention as Engine 33 and Ladder 15 transport the casket during the funeral procession for fallen Boston Fire Lt Edward Walsh in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA, 02 April 2014. Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy were killed in a fire in the Back Bay section of Boston on 26 March 2014. (Credit: EPA)
Over four hundred bag pipers lead the funeral procession for fallen Boston Fire Lt Edward Walsh in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA, 02 April 2014. Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy were killed in a fire in the Back Bay section of Boston on 26 March 2014. (Credit: EPA)Over four hundred bag pipers lead the funeral procession for fallen Boston Fire Lt Edward Walsh in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA, 02 April 2014. Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy were killed in a fire in the Back Bay section of Boston on 26 March 2014. (Credit: EPA)
Firefighters stand to attention during the funeral procession for fallen Boston Fire Lt Edward Walsh in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA, 02 April 2014. Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy were killed in a fire in the Back Bay section of Boston on 26 March 2014. (Credit: EPA)Firefighters stand to attention during the funeral procession for fallen Boston Fire Lt Edward Walsh in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA, 02 April 2014. Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy were killed in a fire in the Back Bay section of Boston on 26 March 2014. (Credit: EPA)
Thousands of firefighters stand to attention during the funeral procession for fallen Boston Fire Lt Edward Walsh in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA, 02 April 2014. Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy were killed in a fire in the Back Bay section of Boston on 26 March 2014. (Credit: EPA)Thousands of firefighters stand to attention during the funeral procession for fallen Boston Fire Lt Edward Walsh in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA, 02 April 2014. Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy were killed in a fire in the Back Bay section of Boston on 26 March 2014. (Credit: EPA)
Firefighters salute as the casket of Boston Fire Lt. Edward Walsh is lowered from Engine 33 as it arrives outside the Church of Saint Patrick in Watertown, Mass., Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Walsh and Boston Firefighter Michael Kennedy died after being trapped while battling a fire in Boston. (Credit: AP)Firefighters salute as the casket of Boston Fire Lt. Edward Walsh is lowered from Engine 33 as it arrives outside the Church of Saint Patrick in Watertown, Mass., Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Walsh and Boston Firefighter Michael Kennedy died after being trapped while battling a fire in Boston. (Credit: AP)
Firefighters salute as the casket of Boston fire Lt. Edward Walsh is lowered from Engine 33 as the funeral procession arrives outside St. Patrick's Church in Watertown, Mass., Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Walsh and his colleague Michael Kennedy died after being trapped while battling a nine-alarm apartment fire in Boston on March 26. (Credit: AP)Firefighters salute as the casket of Boston fire Lt. Edward Walsh is lowered from Engine 33 as the funeral procession arrives outside St. Patrick’s Church in Watertown, Mass., Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Walsh and his colleague Michael Kennedy died after being trapped while battling a nine-alarm apartment fire in Boston on March 26. (Credit: AP)
A fire engine carries the body of Boston Fire Department Lieutenant Edward Walsh to his funeral at Saint Patrick's Church in Watertown, Massachusetts April 2, 2014. Thousands of firefighters from across the United States lined the streets of a Massachusetts city on Wednesday for the funeral of Walsh, one of two firefighters who died battling a blaze in a Boston apartment building last week. Walsh, 43, and Firefighter Michael Kennedy, 33, died on March 26 while battling a roaring fire in a four-story apartment building in Boston's historic Back Bay neighborhood.  (Credit: REUTERS)A fire engine carries the body of Boston Fire Department Lieutenant Edward Walsh to his funeral at Saint Patrick’s Church in Watertown, Massachusetts April 2, 2014. Thousands of firefighters from across the United States lined the streets of a Massachusetts city on Wednesday for the funeral of Walsh, one of two firefighters who died battling a blaze in a Boston apartment building last week. Walsh, 43, and Firefighter Michael Kennedy, 33, died on March 26 while battling a roaring fire in a four-story apartment building in Boston’s historic Back Bay neighborhood.  (Credit: REUTERS)


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 Apr 02, 2014 at 02:22 PM sissel613 Says:

Rest in peace!

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 Apr 02, 2014 at 04:34 PM ModernLakewoodGuy Says:

If there is a heaven, he is certainly there now!

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