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.
Standing in the Engine 33 firehouse in the Back Bay today, Boston Fire Captain Neal Mullane’s head and face were bruised and burned, scars from the frantic effort he and other firefighters launched to rescue their colleagues trapped by flames in the basement of 298 Beacon St. on Wednesday.
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.