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Fallen firefighters remembered across Boston Friday

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BOSTON (WHDH) - People came together in Boston Friday to honor Lt. Ed Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy.

Firefighters gathered for the first time since the Back Bay fire on Friday to raise their flags in a solemn ceremony at City Hall Plaza.

Mayor Marty Walsh said the courage of Lt. Ed Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy will never be forgotten, and "words cannot repay the debt of gratitude" the city owes them and their families.

"They put themselves in harm’s way so that others might be safe,” Walsh said at the ceremony. “Their courage will never be forgotten.”
   
Walsh and Kennedy died when they were fighting a fire in a brownstone apartment building in the Back Bay area on Wednesday.

Fire Commissioner John Hasson said the compassion and kindness of their fellow citizens has lifted the spirits of firefighters.
   
Bagpipers played the hymn "Amazing Grace" as the red flag of the Boston Fire Department, and the blue flag of the firefighters' union, were raised.
   
A minute of silence was observed by the crowd that included some family members of the men who died. It was emotional time not only for relatives, but for men in uniform.

"It's tough to speak most times. When you go to ask each other how you’re doing, both men break down. We give a nod, handshake and a hug and it means the world of difference to us,” said Deputy Chief Dennis Costin.

A candlelight vigil was also held in front of Engine 30 Ladder 25 in West Roxbury where Lt. Ed Walsh was from.

"So emotional. So upsetting. They have three small children. My grandchildren go to school with them. So it's like losing a member of the family,” Ellen Dailey said.

Many kids were at the ceremony holding electric candles and American flags.

Their parents were at the ceremony to show support and respect for the heroes.

"If you're from Watertown or West Roxbury or Hyde Park or Roslindale, you're a Boston firefighter. We're Boston Strong so we got to be behind them 100 percent,” Stephen Sarro said.

As fitting as the display of candles, a call went out for the station while the vigil was taking place.

Many people then went to nearby Church of the Holy Name in West Roxbury where Michael Kennedy’s funeral will be held Thursday.

"We have a son who is a Boston policeman and is in the thick of things, so you appreciate it and you don't take anything for granted. And we have a good friend who was at the fire,” Mary Mills said.

A memorial continues to grow outside Engine Company 33 on Boylston Street where the two men worked.
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