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Thousands gather for Lt. Ed Walsh's funeral services

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Less than one week after the Back Bay fire took Boston Fire Lt. Ed Walsh’s life colleagues, friends, family and strangers gathered to remember him.

Thousands of people made their way through St. Patrick’s Parish in Watertown Tuesday night between 3 and 8 p.m. Family, friends, first responders, Boston's mayor and complete strangers lined up and down Main Street for his wake.

“We're all here to support them and to, you know, show how much we care and to say thanks,” a woman who attended the wake said.

Police and firefighters saluted outside the solemn church while Lt. Walsh’s body was carried inside the church.

Firefighters from Engine 33 on Boylston Street where Lt. Walsh was assigned arrived in a bus bearing their fallen brother's name. The 43-year-old was one of two firefighters killed Friday battling a 9-alarm fire in the Back Bay neighborhood.

Lt. Walsh was remembered as a family man; the father of three was dedicated to the job he gave his life for.

“Great guy. Life of the party. Loved his children and his wife,” another woman at the wake said.

Lt. Walsh’s father and uncle were Watertown firefighters, he followed in their footsteps joining the Boston Fire Department a decade ago.

“He came from a firefighter family and it’s a very proud honor for them, but it has its tragic side as well,” one mourner said.

Firefighters from every state in the country and as far away as Australia are expected to pay respects for their fallen brother at his funeral Wednesday.

Lt. Walsh's funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 10:30 at St. Patrick's Parish in Watertown and will be aired live on 7News.

After Lt. Walsh’s funeral, the wake for firefighter Michael Kennedy will be held in the afternoon in West Roxbury.

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