2 firefighters killed on duty a year ago honored in Boston

Mayor Marty Walsh unveiled memorial plaques

This combination made with undated photos released by the Boston Fire Department via Twitter shows firefighters Michael R. Kennedy, left, and Lt. Edward J. Walsh, who were killed Wednesday, March 26, 2014, when trapped the basement while fighting a fire in an apartment building in Boston. Kennedy, 33, a Marine Corps combat veteran was assigned to Ladder 15, and had been a firefighter for more than six years. Walsh, 43, and a father of three, was assigned to Engine 33, and had been a firefighter for almost a decade. (AP Photo/Boston Fire Department)

BOSTON (AP) — Two Boston firefighters killed fighting a wind-whipped fire a year ago have been honored in a ceremony at their firehouse.

Lt. Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy died March 26, 2014, when welding sparks caught a Back Bay brownstone on fire. The men were trapped in the basement of the building on Beacon Street.

Mayor Marty Walsh unveiled memorial plaques bearing the firefighters’ names at the Back Bay station of Engine 33/Ladder 15.

Firefighters, family, friends and supporters gathered for the ceremony Sunday morning on Boylston Street.

Forty-three-year-old Walsh, the son of a firefighter, left a wife and three young children. Thirty-three-year-old Kennedy, a Marine Corps veteran, was single.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press

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