Nine men and women who acted selflessly in the face of tragedy were honored at Faneuil Hall Thursday night at the Irish Heroes of New England Awards.
Boston Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh, son of immigrants from Galway, made an unscheduled appearance at the ceremony honoring police and firefighters who responded in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings and Boston Marathon bombings, as well as citizens who worked to provide financial assistance to victims.
Walsh, 46, said the region had endured harrowing events over the past year.
“It just shows you how strong we are as a country, how strong we are as a region in New England, and how strong we are as a city in Boston,” he said, “and all the remarkable people that step up to the plate when it’s needed, whether it’s an act of bravery in a particular incident or how we come together as a community.”
Among those honored was MBTA police Officer Richard Donohue Jr., who suffered severe blood loss when he was struck during a shootout in Watertown with the alleged Marathon bombers on April 19.
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