Michael Kennedy honored as hero of marathon bombing, Big Brother - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

Michael Kennedy honored as hero of marathon bombing, Big Brother

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BOSTON (WHDH) - Many of the firefighters from the Boylston Street station were first responders to the Boston Marathon bombings and Michael Kennedy, who died battling the Back Bay fire on Wednesday, was one of them. Last month he was reunited with many of the victims of the bombing at a fundraiser.

He also worked in the community, participating in Big Brothers Big Sisters where he met Alex, his little brother of ten years. Alex's mother said her son took the loss hard, but Kennedy changed his life and inspired him to be great for the community and his future little brother.

"Last night he made a promise to me, he was like 'mommy, I'll be the best big brother Jeremiah will ever have'” Genie Morelus, Alex's mother, said.

Alex, 14, also said he is interested in joining the Marine Corps, as Kennedy did, and returning home to join the Boston Police Department.

Kennedy also served on the board of the Boston Firefighters Burn Foundation. he made many visits to Shriner Hospital in Boston and connected especially with young burn victims.

"His dedication and selfless work will be missed by all," the foundation said on its website.

He was a lifelong resident of Boston, growing up in Roslindale and living in Hyde Park. He was a combat veteran and a crossfit coach at Crossfit Together in Hyde Park. Fellow trainers said they weren’t surprised by how he died.

“What he did yesterday, how he ran into the building and the way he did it, that is Mike…You know. Just the loving, loving guy. Loved people. Loved to be helpful,” trainer Lisa Markland said..
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