SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Firefighters from several communities in western Massachusetts gathered Thursday morning to go to the second funeral in two days to pay their respects to a fallen brother.
Firefighter Michael Kennedy and Lt. Edward Walsh died on March 26th, when they became trapped fighting a fire at an apartment building in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.
On Wednesday, thousands of firefighters from around the nation attended the funeral of Lt. Edward Walsh, and went to the wake of Firefighter Michael Kennedy.
Kennedy’s funeral is being held at the Holy Name Church in West Roxbury at 11 a.m. Thursday.
Kennedy, 33, joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2001 and was on active duty for six years, including a deployment to Iraq, before joining the fire department in 2007.
In April, he was among the first responders to the twin bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line, just a few blocks from the station.
Kennedy wrote an essay to earn a spot in the Boston Marathon this year, and had been training with other firefighters planning to run in the April 21 race, according to Governor Deval Patrick.
Kennedy, who was single, served on the board of the Boston Firefighters Burn Foundation, which raises money and offers support for victims and families at three major burn units in the city.