Family, friends and those who didn't even know Lt. Ed Walsh gathered in Watertown on Wednesday to pay respects to the fallen firefighter.
It was a moving service at St. Patrick's Parish as people spoke about the firefighter and came to say goodbye.
The body arrived on Engine 33, which was decorated in flowers and signs. The casket was brought into the church, where family spoke about Walsh, remembering his heroic deeds, but also his personal life.
"When my son Robert was a toddler, he wouldn't go near Uncle Eddie. He had to be sitting down but only intimidating in size. He had a terrific smile and a wonderful sense of humor," said sister Kathy Malone.
Walsh's nephew was dressed in a firefighter suit, standing out among extended family. Two out of three of Walsh's children led the procession into the church.
The head of the International Association of Firefighters presented wife Kristen Walsh with the medal of valor, just before ringing the bell, symbolizing Walsh's last alarm.
Officials such as Mayor Marty Walsh and the President of the Boston Firefighter's Union Local 718 were also in attendance.
Walsh was buried in a private ceremony in Watertown and laid to rest next to his late father, who was a Watertown firefighter.
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