Wake held for fallen Boston firefighter, funeral set

(WPRI) — Family, friends, firefighters, and members of the community came together Tuesday to honor two Boston firefighters who lost their lives fighting a blaze on Beacon St. in Boston last week.

The first of services planned for the two men will be calling hours for Lt. Edward Walsh on Tuesday evening in Watertown.

Arrangements for Lt. Walsh

  • Wake: Tuesday – 3-8 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Watertown.
  • Funeral: Wednesday – 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Watertown.

Arrangements for Michael Kennedy

  • Visiting Hours: Wednesday – 4-8 p.m. at P E Murray Funeral Home in West Roxbury
  • Funeral: Thursday – 11 a.m. at Holy Name Church in West Roxbury

According to Paul Doughty, president of Providence firefighters union Local 799, Providence fire officials will be at funeral services for both Lt. Walsh and Michael Kennedy on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. The group of approximately 100 uniformed firefighters plans to leave from the Union Hall at 92 Printery Street at 6 a.m. both mornings.

“Firefighting is really a brotherhood,” said Doughty, “That bond does not just extend from truck to truck or department to department, but really across the country.”

Firefighters from Warwick plan to leave from the Ann & Hope parking lot on Post Road at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

Each day, 200 members from Rhode Island will be in Boston to honor the fallen heroes.

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