BOSTON (WWLP) – It was a somber day in Boston as the city paid tribute to Lieutenant Ed Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy, the two who died battling Wednesday’s fire in the city’s Back Bay neighborhood.
“The whole situation is just so sad knowing that somebody went to work and they were never able to go back home and it’s just, it really pulls at your heartstrings,” said Emily Carlucci of Boston.
Mayor Marty Walsh raised the flag of the Boston Fire Department at City Hall Plaza and took a moment to remind those in the crowd, the sacrifice it takes to be a firefighter.
“As we reflect on their extraordinary actions we must not forget that this is what they do everyday of their working lives,” said Mayor Marty Walsh of Boston.
Wednesday was the first time Boston firefighters have died battling a fire since 2007, and the people at City Hall Plaza showed nothing but appreciation and respect for the work that they do.
“For them to be able to put their lives, for us, to save our lives is amazing. They’re just a different breed of people and I thank them for that,” said James McCaughey of Boston.
The investigation to find a cause to the fire is still ongoing. Separate funeral services will be held for Walsh and Kennedy next week.