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Procession carries body of Lt. Walsh home to Watertown

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Friday evening a procession passed by hundreds of firefighters and civilians as a hearse carrying Lt. Ed Walsh was escorted from Boston to Watertown with emergency response vehicles.

“It’s so emotional and I think everybody feels for the family and they want to show support,” Catherine Bartolomucci, an onlooker, said.

Firefighters stood shoulder to shoulder as Walsh's body passed by.

“It’s all about respect for a great person, great firefighter, great family man,” Watertown Deputy Fire Chief Tom McManus said.

Lt. Ed Walsh was the kind of guy who thrived at Engine Company 33, he spent nearly ten years of his life with the Boston Fire Department.

Walsh wanted to be at Engine 33 knowing full well that it was one of the busiest firehouses in the city.

“I’d say he was a credit to the Boston Fire Department. There's no comparison. He's the type of guy that would not hesitate to help someone out, whether it was a neighbor or someone he did not know,” George Ging, one of Walsh’s neighbors, said.

Walsh’s death still haunts neighbors. His wife and three young children are in their minds and hearts.

“I know they do this all the time and they don’t even think about it. But the fact they do this day in and day out and we don’t even think about it, we take it for granted,” Jade Carrol said

Former City Councilor John Tobin grew close to Walsh through the years. The have sons and often played basketball together.

“It was so much fun, I think it’s the last memory we all have of him. Just laughing, joking around and letting the kids score on him,” Tobin said.

Walsh and the rest of Engine Company 33 were among the first to respond to the Boston Marathon Bombing.

Walsh, 43, came from a line of firefighters.

"His dad was a firefighter here. A couple of his uncles were firefighters here, he has a cousin and a brother-in-law. So firefighting is deep rooted in his family," Watertown Fire Chief Mario Orangio said.

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