BOSTON (WPRI) — A visibly somber Tom Brady was among those who watched courage in action Wednesday afternoon as firefighters battled a 9-alarm blaze that claimed the lives of two of their comrades.
The Beacon St. fire broke out just doors down from the Back Bay home the Patriots quarterback shares with his wife, Gisele Bundchen.
The Boston Herald captured a photo of Brady looking on as firefighters continued their exterior assault on the four-story brownstone.
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He described what he saw Thursday morning on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan Morning Show.
“I had a firsthand view of all the action and was just blown away by the bravery and the teamwork that they really displayed. I’ve lived in the Back Bay for a long time, and that was one of the scarier days,” Brady said during the phone interview. “At one point, I saw a pretty big explosion of flames, and a lot of the firemen were coming out of the building. That’s when I really got nervous. I felt so badly for them.”
Brady told the radio team the incident put things into perspective.
“We as athletes think that we’re heroes, but when you witness firsthand what I saw yesterday, you realize who the real heroes are in this world. And that’s the people that work hard to protect our lives and protect our safety, our freedoms in America, certainly the firefighters and Boston Police and the state troopers,” he said.
Wednesday night, the football star also posted condolences on his Facebook page to the families of the fallen and to the Boston Fire Department.
“On behalf of my entire family, I want to extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to the Boston Fire Department and the families of our brave and selfless firefighters who gave their lives for our protection and safety today, and to the entire firefighting community who protect us each and every day. All of you will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Two Boston firefighters were killed in the fire, and more than a dozen other people were rushed to the hospital.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.