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Fire breaks out in multifamily on Crescent and Brown streets

WALTHAM, Mass. — A man was killed Friday in an early morning fire in Waltham, according to fire officials.

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The two-alarm fire started around 3:08 a.m. in a multifamily home at the corner of Crescent and Brown streets, according to Waltham fire.

The fire was called in by a passerby.

A person from the first floor and a person from the second floor were rescued by firefighters.

The victim’s name and age have not been released.

According to the Red Cross, eight people were affected by the 240 Crescent St. fire.

The fire is under investigation.

Firefighter Mike Kennedy remembered as Marine, Big Brother

BOSTON — Thousands of firefighters from across the country gathered in West Roxbury Thursday to honor one of two Boston firefighters killed in a nine-alarm brownstone blaze.

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Firefighter Michael Kennedy, 33, and Lt. Ed Walsh, 43, of Engine 33 and Ladder 15, were killed in a nine-alarm fire that broke out March 26 at 298 Beacon St.

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Kennedy served in the Marines before becoming a firefighter. He leaves behind his parents, Paul Kennedy and Kathy Crosby-Bell, longtime girlfriend Sarah Wessmann and extended family, which includes Alex Beauzile, a young boy he mentored for seven years through the Big Brothers association.

Kennedy’s flag-draped casket was brought to Holy Name Church in West Roxbury atop Boston Engine 33. Hundreds of bagpipers led the procession through West Roxbury as thousands of firefighters from all over the country and the world stood shoulder-to-shoulder, in some places 20 deep, saluting.

“What kind of person was this guy? He was a prankster, someone said. He was a freewheeling spirit. He always wanted to be there to help someone do the right thing. He was someone who lived for others, always determined to put a smile on the faces of those around him,” the Rev. John Unni said. “One guy said he was ‘genuinely a man for others.’ He lived his life to better others.”

Mayor Marty Walsh and Boston Fire Fighters Local 718 President Rich Paris will each pay tribute to Kennedy. Irish tenor Ronan Tynan will perform and Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley will deliver the final commendation.

Kennedy’s wake was held Wednesday, hours after Walsh was laid to rest. Hundreds lined Centre Street in West Roxbury to pay their respects.

“We had two firemen killed last year, as well, so we do know what it’s like, and unfortunately we’ve been through it,” Philadelphia firefighter Steven Weiler said.

Colleagues, friends, family and strangers came to say goodbye and thank you.

“My brother died of a heart attack last September in Jamaica Plain, and they were there within five minutes working on him, trying to revive him. That’s what they do. They’re there when you need them,” resident Tim Gilmartin said.

The line waiting to get in the West Roxbury funeral home ran up and down Centre Street. In the crowd, Sgt. Gregory Caron, a Marine, who owes a lot to Kennedy and the American Infidels biker group he helped found.

“I got injured in Afghanistan in 2011. I lost both my legs. When the unit came back here stateside instead of having a welcome home party, the blue, including Mike Kennedy did a fundraiser for me,” Caron said.

Kennedy will be buried at the Boston Firefighters Memorial Lot in Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain.

A fund has been set up in their memory. Donations can be made to:

Lt. Walsh/Firefighter Kennedy Memorial Fund
c/o Boston Firefighter’s Credit Union
60 Hallet St.
Boston, MA 02124

Donations can also be made online on the Boston Firefighters Credit Union website.

Walsh, firefighter Michael Kennedy killed last week

BOSTON — Boston Fire Lt. Ed Walsh was remembered as a devoted father, husband and firefighter Wednesday as thousands gathered to say goodbye one week after he was killed in a Beacon Street brownstone blaze.

Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy, of Engine 33 and Ladder 15, were killed in a nine-alarm fire that broke out March 26 at 298 Beacon St.

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A funeral Mass for Walsh was held Wednesday at St. Patrick Parish in Watertown, the parish he grew up attending.

Walsh, 43, and his wife of 10 years, Kristen, had three children — Dillon, Morgan and Griffin — all younger than 10. He was with the department for more than nine years.

Hundreds of bagpipers led the procession to the Watertown church as thousands of firefighters from all over the country stood shoulder-to-shoulder, and in some places 20 deep, along the street and saluted. His casket was carried to the church by Boston’s Engine 33.

“Eddie lived more in 43 years than many of us will do in 80. He was destined to do great things and he did. So Eddie, just as you have always had my back, Kristen’s back, and all of your friends’ and family’s backs, I make a commitment to stand up and follow in your footsteps and try to be even half the person you were,” his sister Kathy Malone said.

Mayor Marty Walsh, no relation, and Boston Fire Fighters Local 718 President Rich Paris each paid tribute to Walsh during the service, describing him as a leader, a friend and a brother.

“As a brave and experienced firefighter, Ed Walsh was a rock supporting all of our lives, whether we knew it or not. Every day he went to work, he’d put himself on the line for us. That’s why so many people are here, and why all of Boston is stopping to pay respect to Ed Walsh today,” Walsh said. “We need to thank him and his family for this lifetime of service to our community. And we need to learn from him.”

“(The) Boylston Street (firehouse) was Eddie’s second home. Eddie loved being a firefighter and he loved the men at Engine 33 and Ladder 15. The city of Boston was lucky to have him and he will be missed. He was a born leader who did not regard himself as a hero,” Paris said.

Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley delivered the final commendation.

Irish tenor Ronan Tynan’s renditions of “Danny Boy” and “Irish Farewell” concluded the church service.

Walsh will be buried next to his father, a Watertown firefighter, at St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

In a display of solidarity with their Boston brethren, firefighters representing all 50 states and several Canadian provinces attended the services.

“They would do it for us, and we’re going to do it for them,” said Pete Cortez, of the Houston Fire Department. “It’s another brother fireman. You know, it doesn’t matter if it’s in Boston, New York, Austin. Doesn’t matter, you know. One goes down, we feel it across the whole community — the firefighter community, that is.”

“I’ve been on the department in Lynn for 37 years, seen a lot, you know, and we’re all brothers and we always will be,” said Don White, of the Lynn Fire Department.

A few hours after Walsh’s funeral, thousands will gather again for Kennedy’s wake a few miles away in West Roxbury.

Kennedy, 33, was single, a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters and a veteran of the Marine Corps. He was with the department for more than six years.

Visitation for Kennedy was set for Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at P. E. Murray/George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home in West Roxbury. His funeral will be held at Holy Name in West Roxbury on Thursday at 11 a.m.

A fund has been set up in their memory. Donations can be made to:

Lt. Walsh/Firefighter Kennedy Memorial Fund
c/o Boston Firefighter’s Credit Union
60 Hallet St.
Boston, MA 02124

Donations can also be made online on the Boston Firefighters Credit Union website.

Man, woman dead in East Street blaze

FITCHBURG, Mass. — Two people were killed in an overnight fire in Fitchburg.

The fire broke out at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday at 53 East St.

According to Fitchburg fire, two people were killed. Another person was treated for smoke inhalation.

A neighbor said there were seven people in the house when the fire broke out.

“The little boys had their pajamas on, no shoes.  The mom didn’t have shoes on. It happened really fast. The fire just engulfed the house,” neighbor Tami Arguelles said.

Arguelles said the victims were a 22-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman.

The victim’s names have not been released.

The home was destroyed and is expected to be torn down Monday.

The fire spread to another home and caused about $30,000 in damage.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Funeral services for Edward Walsh, Michael Kennedy set

WEST ROXBURY, Mass. — Hundreds filled the small fire house on Centre Street in West Roxbury Friday night to honor two fallen firefighters who called this Boston neighborhood home.

Miles away from Engine 33 on Boylston Street, there wasn’t an empty space inside Engine 30.

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Lt. Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy died Wednesday when they were trapped fighting a fire in a brownstone apartment building in the Back Bay.

Among those in attendance, Sean Monahan, who grew up with Kennedy.

Photos: Growing memorial for firefighters

“He was just always there for you. Whatever you needed, he was there and that’s why these people are here. He touched so many people,” said Monahan. “When I first heard, it had to be a mistake, it couldn’t, it couldn’t be him. He was the last person you would think that would happen to. Of all those people down there he was just such a strong individual, mentally, physically.”

Fund for firefighters’ families

Kennedy’s girlfriend was surrounded by friends and family.

Firefighters injured in the Beacon Street fire came with their families to show support.

A wake and funeral Mass for Walsh will be held at St. Patrick’s Church in Watertown, where he grew up. The wake will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Kennedy’s wake will be Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at P.E. Murray Funeral Home in the West Roxbury neighborhood. His funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Holy Name church in West Roxbury.

Forty-three-year-old Walsh was married with three children under age 10. Thirty-three-year-old Kennedy, a former Marine, was single.


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