Thousands mourn Boston firefighter killed in blaze
Two ladder trucks from local fire companies held an enormous American flag in front of St. Patrick's Church in Watertown, just outside Boston, where Boston Fire Department Lieutenant Edward Walsh's funeral was being held.
Walsh, 43, and Firefighter Michael Kennedy, 33, died on March 26 while battling a roaring fire in a four-story apartment building in Boston's historic Back Bay neighborhood.
Some 150 firefighters responded to the blaze and more than 17 were injured. No residents of the building were hurt.
Firefighters from New York, Chicago and Miami joined the procession ahead of the funeral, where officials, including Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and the city's Roman Catholic Archbishop Sean O'Malley were expected to speak.
Walsh, who leaves behind his wife and three children, will be buried next to his father, who was also a firefighter.
Kennedy's funeral will follow on Thursday at Holy Name Church in Boston's West Roxbury neighborhood.
"It's just recognition of a local son, a native son, a brave hero who died in the line of duty," said Dushku, who attended high school with Walsh. "We're a pretty tight community."
"I would travel as far as my money would take me to show respect for someone who gave the ultimate sacrifice," said Gurry, 32, who was born in Cambridge, Mass., just outside Boston. "It's an honor thing."