‘Brothers’ mourn fallen Boston firefighters

Claudine Lewis, of Boston, places flowers on a makeshift memorial in front of fire station Engine 33/Ladder 15, Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Boston. Engine 33/Ladder 15 was the station of fallen firefighters Lt. Edward Walsh and Michael Kennedy who lost their lives fighting a nine-alarm blaze in a four-story brownstone in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BOSTON (AP/WPRI) — As several firefighters remain in the hospital recovering from injuries sustained in Wednesday’s 9-alarm fire, fellow firefighters and regular citizens are paying their respects to two Boston firefighters who died fighting the brownstone blaze.

A makeshift memorial of flowers, candles, condolence notes and even a green Red Sox baseball cap has sprung up outside the Boylston Street home station of Lt. Edward Walsh and Michael Kennedy, who died in the Back Bay blaze Wednesday.

Firefighter Mike Kennedy, L-15 and Lt. Ed Walsh, E-33. Photo Credit: Boston Fire Department via Twitter.
Firefighter Mike Kennedy, L-15 and Lt. Ed Walsh, E-33. Photo Credit: Boston Fire Department via Twitter.

Passers-by on Thursday paused on their way to work, some adding to it.

Earl Johnson, a firefighter in the Boston suburb of Somerville, placed flowers at the memorial on Thursday morning before kneeling to pray.

“We protect our brothers as best we can,” he said, “We just try to get home. This wasn’t our first and I’m sure it wont be our last loss.”

The U.S. flag outside the station has been placed at half-staff in honor of the fallen firefighters.

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Several firefighters remain hospitalized a day after a wind-driven fire in a Boston brownstone that killed two of their colleagues.

Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald says he isn’t sure exactly how many firefighters remain in the hospital. Thirteen were taken for treatment Wednesday. Some were admitted for burns, heat exhaustion and other injuries.

MacDonald says nothing has been ruled out regarding the cause of the fire, but officials know strong winds made it much more difficult to fight.

Lt. Edward J. Walsh and firefighter Michael R. Kennedy sent out a mayday call from the basement of the brownstone, indicating something extraordinary happened that trapped them there.

The fire union will work with their families on funeral plans.

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