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Team of firefighters will run Boston Marathon

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BOSTON (WHDH) - The Boston Athletic Association invited a group of firefighters to join the tens of thousands of people running in the Boston Marathon next Monday.

The team of 12 Boston firefighters from Engine 33 Ladder 15, right down the street from the finish line, was invited to run and have important reasons for doing so.

When two bombs exploded at the finish line last year, several firefighters from Engine 33 Ladder 15 who were running that race ran right to their fire house, grabbed their gear, and raced to the finish line to help the victims.

The team of 12 said they would run on Monday to take back the finish line.

They will run to honor two of their former colleagues, Ed Walsh and Michael Kennedy, who died in the Back Bay fire. Kennedy was among the first responders to the finish line last year and he was supposed to run this year. His colleagues said they were honored to run for him.

“He lived life like we all dream of. I wish I could have lived my life like him. Amazing man. We rallied around that. We have his number. It’s going to be on Hereford Street and we’ll run with heavy hearts but our heads are going to be high,” said Lt. Paul McCarthy of the Boston Fire Department.

The firefighters said they will wear black and red ribbons as they run.
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