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.
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.
TOLEDO, Ohio — At the Ohio Air National Guard base near Toledo, Lt. Col. Frank Dailey still can’t believe the honor recently bestowed upon him. Watch the video 8-year-old boy pays it forward
“It’s incredible being recognized in such a manner,” he says.
It happened at a Cracker Barrel, of all places. As the security camera shows, Dailey entered the restaurant on Feb. 7 for an early lunch. At about the same time, 8-year-old Myles Eckert came in with his family.
Myles was very excited. He’d just found a $20 bill in the parking lot. He’d started thinking of what he could spend it on.
“I kind of wanted to get a video game, but then I decided not to,” Myles says.
He changed his mind when he saw the guy in uniform.
“Because he was a soldier, and soldiers remind me of my dad,” Myles explains.
And so, with his dad in mind, Myles wrapped the $20 in a note that read, “Dear Soldier — my dad was a soldier. He’s in heaven now. I found this 20 dollars in the parking lot when we got here. We like to pay it forward in my family. It’s your lucky day! Thank you for your service. Myles Eckert, a gold star kid.”
Army Sgt. Andy Eckert was killed in Iraq, just five weeks after Myles was born. All the kid has ever had are pictures and dog tags, other people’s memories and his own imagination.
“I imagine him as a really nice person and somebody that would be really fun,” Myles says.
The dad he imagines must also love a good story. Because after lunch that day, Myles asked his mom, Tiffany, to make one more stop.
“He wanted to go see his dad,” Tiffany says. “And he wanted to go by himself that day.”
She took a photo from the car. Follow the footsteps and you’ll see Myles standing there behind the flag, presumably telling his dad all about it. And whether heaven heard him or not, his good deed continues to impress here on earth.
“I look at it every day,” Dailey says of the note Myles gave him.
It turns out Myles gave him a bigger gift than $20.
“A lifetime direction, for sure,” Dailey says.
Dailey says he’s already given away that $20 and plans to do much more. He also hopes that little green Post-It will inspire other people across the country to give — to give as sincerely and dutifully as that father and son.
Read all the details here http://www.jfklibrary.org/JFK/JFK-in-History/November-22-1963-Death-of-the-President.aspx
Today we honor all of those currently serving in the military
We honor all those that have served in the military
and we honor all those who gave their lives so that we may continue to live ours
We honor all the families, especially the children who have shared their loved ones
We are all indebted to you for all that you have given us
Thank you all for your willingness and courage that you offer up for our safety
We all extend to you our undying gratitude – Thank You!
Felina Silver Robinson (Brookline MA)
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