Ted got it right. This is what real heroes look like…
Boston 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) The Associated Press
Yesterday, tragedy struck Boston once again. We are mourning the loss of two valiant firefighters who lost their lives so that others may live (story follows my post)…
I cannot find the words to express how this terrible tragedy has affected so many. These brave heroes died, but they did what they loved to do—saving lives, even at the expense of their own.
Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh, Jr., 43, and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, 33, lost their brave lives. My heartfelt prayers go out to their families. Their immense loss is felt by all of us, and we offer them our prayers and deepest condolences on the loss of their loved ones.
May God rest their valiant souls. We thank them for their brave service to the City of Boston, and Michael Kennedy, to his brave service to this great country as well. May their families take comfort in knowing that they served the City of Boston well and that they are, indeed, heroes—real heroes. They are both now with God, where He will give them the greatest award for their heroic acts anyone could ever hope for—everlasting peace and love…
There are some links below related to this story, but the best link is Remembering The Fallen. It’s an audio of “The Kuhner Report”, hosted by Jeff Kuhner of WRKO. I listen to him every morning, and this morning, he had a beautiful and fitting tribute to these brave heroes. I encourage you to please listen to it. It’s about 1½ hours long, but it’s well worth the listen…
BOSTON (AP) — Boston residents mourned the deaths of two firefighters killed when a fire driven by strong winds whipped through a brownstone and trapped them in the basement in a neighborhood just blocks from where nine city firefighters died in a 1972 hotel collapse.
Tributes poured in for Lt. Edward J. Walsh, a 43-year-old father of three who had almost a decade of experience, and firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, a 33-year-old Marine Corps combat veteran who had been a firefighter for more than six years. The fire union is working with their families on funeral arrangements.
“It’s just a lousy time right now,” Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald said Thursday.
At Engine 33/Ladder 15, Kennedy and Walsh’s station, not far from the fire and in the shadow of the Prudential Center, people stopped by to pay their respects, including Gov. Deval Patrick.
Earl Johnson, a firefighter from nearby Somerville, left flowers at a makeshift memorial at the station where the U.S. flag flew at half-staff, before kneeling to pray.
“I had to come down and do my part. They’re my brothers,” he said, holding back tears as he stood at the memorial of flowers, candles, condolence notes and even a green Red Sox baseball cap.
Thirteen other firefighters were injured in the blaze Wednesday in the city’s Back Bay district, and several police officers also were taken to hospitals. Some residents were rescued from the upper floors of the four-story apartment building, but none was hurt, officials said.
MacDonald said several firefighters remained hospitalized Thursday but he wasn’t sure how many. He said nothing has been ruled out regarding the cause of the fire, but officials know strong winds made it much more difficult to fight.
Soon after they entered the building, Walsh and Kennedy sent out a rare mayday call to let their colleagues know they were trapped.
“Something extraordinary happened for them to call a mayday,” MacDonald said.
Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Finn said the 9-alarm fire, which sent smoke and flames pouring from the roof and windows of the brownstone, appeared to have started in the basement but moved quickly throughout the building. Firewalls stopped the flames from consuming adjacent buildings.
“In 30 years, I’ve never seen a fire travel that fast, escalate that quickly and create such havoc in such a short period of time,” he said.
Finn said Walsh and Kennedy had gone down inside stairs into the basement, and he assumed that a front window broke out and blew the fire back at them.
Kennedy was found about 30 minutes later and was pulled from the building but was pronounced dead at a hospital. Walsh’s body was recovered later and was removed in what MacDonald described as “a very solemn ceremony” in which he was carried on a stretcher out the back of the building through a line of saluting firefighters.
Some of the other firefighters were injured when they were blown down stairs by a backdraft explosion caused by the wind, Finn said.