Funeral services for Edward Walsh, Michael Kennedy set
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.
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.
“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.”
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.