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President of IAFF presents medal of honor at Kennedy funeral

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WEST ROXBURY, Mass. (WHDH) - Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Firefighters, commended firefighter Michael Kennedy, presenting the IAFF's medal of honor to Kennedy's father, Paul.

"He was clearly put on this earth as a guardian, a guardian of others, and he took that role seriously," Schaitberger said.

He detailed Kennedy's service as a Marine, as a Boston firefighter, and as a first responder at last year's Marathon bombings, and said Kennedy was a well-known prankster who knew how to have fun and was a fitness fanatic, in addition to being a confident leader.

"He lived and loved life and he did it better than most anyone," Schaitberger said. "He was living a life of honor, thinking not of himself but doing his job, helping others."

Schaitberger said Kennedy and Lt. Ed Walsh, who also died in the Back Bay fire, were the epitome of what their profession stands for.

"They will be our inspiration going forward," he said.

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