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At Forest Hills, a sacred task to tend Fireman’s Lot

Carefully, the two men measured out a rectangle on the grass — 8 feet long, 3 feet, 9 inches across — and marked it off with orange spray paint.

Then they stood to the side solemnly and watched as Fernando Rivera plunged the teeth of the backhoe into the ground, still hard with winter, and began digging the grave for Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy.

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