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Prayers, offerings pour in as two firefighters mourned

For the first time in 15 years, Rene Jaro unwrapped the rosary beads he kept around his wrist. He walked into the firehouse on Boylston Street, pressed them into the palms of an Engine 33 firefighter, and passed on his blessing.

“God will be always in those beads, and God will be anywhere those beads go,” Jaro said as he walked back out into the sunshine, pulling up his jacket sleeve to reveal two rows of shallow dents in his wrist where the beads had lain against his skin for 10 and 15 years. “I feel like I’m empty, but I know it’s going to the team that needs it most.”

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