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Wake held for Firefighter Michael Kennedy in West Roxbury

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WEST ROXBURY, Mass. (WHDH) - Hundreds of firefighters filed into a funeral home Wednesday night, including a brigade from London, to honor fallen Boston firefighter Michael Kennedy.

Kennedy, 33, died battling the 9-alarm fire in the Back Bay. He got trapped in the basement trying to put out the flames, but friends and fellow marine veterans hold him in the highest regard.

“My condolences go out to both families of Lt. Walsh and Mike Kennedy. You know, I’m very sorry for their loss. But these guys, you know -- they know what they get into and willing to risk their lives every single day here in the work,” said Sgt. Gregory Caron of the U.S. Marine Corp.

This was an opportunity to remember the man, who not only served in the marines and in the fire department, but was also a Big Brother contributor to charity and trained chef.

“I just knew that if mike was in that fire, he was wasn't leaving unless everybody else was out,” said friend James Crosby. “He was one of the kindest people you'd ever meet. He was one of the strongest men that I’ve ever known. He the ability to put a smile on your face.”

People wanting to honor the fallen firefighter also gathered in front of Engine Company 33 on Boylston St., where both Kennedy and Lt. Ed Walsh served.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the Holy Name Church in West Roxbury. We’ll have live coverage on 7News.

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