Services planned for 2 fallen Boston firefighters

AP Photo/Boston Fire Department

BOSTON (AP/WPRI) — Mayor Martin Walsh, along with numerous firefighters, paid tribute to the two fallen firefighters by raising the Boston Fire Department flag at City Hall Plaza.

Walsh also held a moment of silence Friday for the men who perished while fighting the brownstone blaze in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. Lt. Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy died Wednesday after being trapped in the basement of the apartment building. Walsh was married with three children under age 10. Kennedy, a former Marine, was single.

firehouse memorial 2Mayor Martin Walsh said Friday the courage of Walsh and Kennedy will never be forgotten, and “words cannot repay the debt of gratitude” the city owes them and their families.

Fire Commissioner John Hasson said the compassion and kindness of their fellow citizens has lifted the spirits of firefighters.
Bagpipers played the hymn “Amazing Grace” as the red flag of the Boston Fire Department, and the blue flag of the firefighters’ union, were raised.

A minute of silence was observed by the crowd that included some family members of the men who died.

Flags, wreaths and flowers have also piled up outside the Engine 33 firehouse as the city honors the two men.

A wake and funeral for Lt. Walsh will be held at St. Patrick’s Church on 212 Main Street in Watertown. Calling hours will be Tuesday, April 1 from 3-8 p.m. with a funeral Mass Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

Calling hours for Michael Kennedy will be at the P E Murray Funeral Home on 2000 Centre St. in West Roxbury. The wake will be held from 2:30 to 8 p.m on Wednesday, April 2. A funeral Mass will be held at Holy Name Church on 1689 Centre St. in West Roxbury, on April 3 at 11 a.m.

There is an additional vigil Friday night at Centre St. Firehouse in West Roxbury at 6:30 p.m., followed by a prayer service at Holy Name at 7 p.m.

Memorial Fund for Fallen Firefighters

Donations will be accepted by mail by sending a check to:

Lieutenant Walsh – Firefighter Kennedy Memorial Fund
Boston Firefighters Credit Union
60 Hallet Street
Dorchester, MA 02124

Credit card donations will also be accepted on BOSFIRECU.COM

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