WATERTOWN, Mass. – Thousands of firefighters from across Massachusetts and beyond have joined family and friends in paying final respects to a 43-year-old Boston firefighter killed in a nine-alarm blaze last week.
Lt. Edward Walsh died alongside 33-year-old colleague Michael Kennedy when they became trapped by the fire at a Back Bay brownstone one week ago. Walsh was married with three children all under the age of 10.
Thousands of firefighters lined the streets Wednesday outside St. Patrick's Church in suburban Watertown, the site of the funeral Mass.
Walsh will be buried next to his father, a former Watertown firefighter.
The Mass was attended by Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley. Irish tenor Ronan Tynan sang.
Kennedy's wake is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. His funeral is Thursday in Boston's West Roxbury neighborhood.