Video: ‘We lost two heroes here today’
Edward Walsh and Michael Kennedy ran into a burning building to save lives, knowing they could lose their own.
Residents in nearby streets were kept from their homes as firefighters battled the blaze.
“There was just too much fire,” said Neal Mullane, who was the commander of the rescue team.
There was nothing more than a thin haze of smoke drifting from the building when firefighters arrived at 298 Beacon Street.
The fallen Boston firefighter was recalled as a “gentle giant” whose life calling was to lead the charge into burning buildings.
The salutes swept along Centre Street like a rolling wave ahead of the funeral procession for Michael R. Kennedy.
Kristen Walsh, having just lost the love of her life, Edward Walsh Jr., only wanted one thing: his wedding band back.
The welders were working in the rear of the building next door to where the deadly fire broke out, officials said.
The Rev. Daniel Mahoney, chaplain of the Boston Fire Department, has tended to 51 fallen firefighters.