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Firefighter Michael Kennedy laid to rest

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WEST ROXBURY, Mass. (WHDH) - Boston had another emotional goodbye as people flooded the streets in West Roxbury Thursday to honor firefighter Michael Kennedy.

In addition to his family, members of the military and children whose lives Kennedy impacted showed up to pay respects.

The community came together at Holy Name Parish to remember Kennedy for his dedication to his profession and to his family.

“Don’t be afraid to lean on each other, especially when those questions come up in the privacy of our own hearts. It could have been me. I could have been in there,” said Rev. John Unni, who spoke at Kennedy’s funeral.

The 33-year-old who lost his life with Lt. Ed Walsh in the Back Bay fire a week ago was remembered for his dedication.

“Michael Kennedy made the world a safer place, a more decent place,” said Mayor Marty Walsh.

“Mike’s strength and the compassion was evident in all his charitable works. He was the go-to guy for every fundraiser that the firefighters ever held,” said Kennedy’s cousin Davin Kennedy.

Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Firefighters presented Kennedy’s father, Paul, with the association’s medal of honor, which was then placed on Kennedy’s casket.

The final bell rang to signal Kennedy’s final alarm.

Kennedy, an Iraqi war veteran with the Marines, was buried with full military honors in a private ceremony at Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain.

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