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Observers reflect on funeral procession for Lt. Ed Walsh

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WATERTOWN, Mass. (WHDH) - A sea of sadness gripped in grief draped down Main Street in Watertown on Wednesday as the funeral procession for Lt. Ed Walsh wound its way to St. Patrick’s Parish.

 “It’s amazing, I’ve never been to a firefighter funeral before. The outpouring, how many people are here, it’s amazing. I can’t get over it,” said Rose Kloehn, who observed the procession for Walsh, one of two firefighters killed in a 9-alarm fire in Back Bay last week.

Thousands of firefighters stood shoulder to shoulder along the route to bid farewell to their fellow brother.

“Take a look around. I think it speaks for itself. How the community gathers, how the fire community gathers and stand behind one of their fallen brothers,” said Deputy Tom McManus of the Watertown Fire Department.

Firefighters from all over the country, Canada, and as far as Australia came to Watertown to pay their respects. The trip was difficult for some, including Chief Luis Santiago from Toledo, Ohio, who lost two firefighters earlier this year.

“This is difficult. We’re here with a group of 20 folks from our department. We just experienced the same thing two months ago and I know what they’re going through here in Boston,” said Santiago.
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