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Claremont firefighter recalls late Boston FD comrade
Boston firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, 33, who was one of two firefighters killed in a nine-alarm fire in the city's historic Back Bay area on Wednesday. (BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT/FACEBOOK)
Stevens plans to go to Boston this week to offer his respects, both personally and professionally, as Kennedy and Lt. Edward Walsh, also killed in the fire, are laid to rest.
Stevens plans to drive down Wednesday for Walsh's funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church in Watertown. He will stay the night, then go to Kennedy's funeral at 11 a.m. Thursday at Holy Name Church in West Roxbury. If he can, Stevens will attend a wake Wednesday afternoon for Kennedy following the service for Walsh.
Firefighters share a bond through the inherent dangers of the job. When one doesn't make it out of a burning building, they all are reminded that they, too, could be victims someday.
Manchester Fire Department District Chief Jim Michael said he and Chief James Burkish plan to drive down.
"We've got guys going both days," Michael said,
Stevens also wanted to extend his gratitude to the Boston Firefighters Burn Foundation, which he described as a "well-oiled machine" whose members acted quickly when they learned he was being flown down from Claremont the night of March 2. He said members had already reached his parents by the time they were still a half-hour north of Boston and were there to greet them at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
The Foundation found Stevens' parents a room in a hotel near the hospital and gave them gift cards for whatever they needed and didn't have time to grab in a rush to get moving on the 120-mile drive south to Boston.
"Sometimes multiple times."
Stevens said Kennedy came by on his second day at the hospital and immediately stood out among a small group of visitors.
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