Paul Kennedy held a tissue in one hand, a black-and-white photo of his son in the other, his eyes welling as the vroom of an approaching motorcycle grew louder.
He remembered fist-bumping his son after a recent ride they had taken together around Boston. He pictured cruising down Route 1 with his only child.
Then as it roared into the parking lot, he laid eyes on the motorcycle commissioned to honor his firefighter son and Lieutenant Ed Walsh, the victims in March’s fatal Back Bay fire.
The chopper’s shiny metal frame features a gas tank shaped in the logo of the New England Patriots, and the seal of the Boston Fire Department with the names of Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh Jr., 43, and firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, 33, above the words “Last Alarm 3/26/2014.”
“I’m speechless, actually,” Kennedy said Sunday. “It’s a gorgeous, gorgeous thing. The whole bike is a work of art.”
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