Lt. Edward Walsh Jr. recalled as ‘a born leader’ ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff The nephew of Lt. Edward Walsh waved to firefighters lining a Watertown street before the funeral. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Firefighters were reflected in the windows of a bus during the procession. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Drummers and bagpipers made their way down the street. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Walsh's casket was carried from St. Patrick’s Church after the funeral. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Rich Paris, president of Boston Firefighters Local 718, placed his hand on the casket after speaking at the funeral. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Family members exited the church after the ceremony. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff Thousands of firefighters from across the country lined the route of the funeral procession. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Firefighters from far and wide came to Massachusetts for the procession. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff Firefighters lined the procession route. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Thousands of firefighters lined a Watertown street for the funeral of Boston Fire Lt. Edward J. Walsh. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Walsh's casket was brought into St. Patrick’s Church. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff A sign on Engine 33. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff Fire department bagpipers marched to the church. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff Walsh’s casket is lifted off of Engine 33. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff The casket made its way to the church atop a fire engine. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff A helmet was carried by Walsh’s brother, Michael, in front of Engine 33. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Walsh's helmet. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff Walsh’s wife and children walked into the church as his daughter saluted. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff Thousands of firefighters from around the country came to Watertown for the funeral. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff A boy saluted during the funeral procession. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff Walsh was killed a week ago, along with Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, when the two became trapped in the basement in a wind-whipped inferno in a brownstone in Boston’s Back Bay section. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Family watched as the casket was taken off of a fire engine. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff The procession came to the church under a huge flag draped from fire trucks. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Mourners followed the fire engine in a car. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff In some areas firefighters stood 10 to 15 feet deep. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff The firefighters standing on Main Street in their dress uniforms had come from across the nation, from South Carolina, Ohio, New Hampshire, California, Rhode Island, and Connecticut — to name a few. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff Main Street was shut down to regular traffic and featured a sea of firefighters in full dress to honor Walsh. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Firefighters carried Walsh's casket into St. Patrick's Church. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Walsh's sister, Kathy Malone, hugged his widow, Kristen, during the funeral Mass. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff A firefighter tucked a program into his hat during the funeral for Boston Fire Lt. Edward J. Walsh, Jr. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Mayor Martin Walsh hugged the President of Boston Fire Fighters Local 718, Rich Paris, after speaking. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Cardinal Sean O'Malley spoke during the service. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Walsh's family followed the casket as it was brought out of the church. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Firefighters offered a final salute as the casket left the church. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Michael Walsh, brother of Lt. Edward Walsh, with his brother's helmet.