Funeral for fallen Boston firefighter, father of 3, to be held today


WATERTOWN (AP) - A 43-year-old Boston firefighter killed with a colleague as they fought a nine-alarm apartment fire last week is being laid to rest.

Lt. Edward Walsh died alongside 33-year-old Firefighter Michael Kennedy when they became trapped in the March 26 blaze at a Back Bay area brownstone building. He was married with three children all under the age of 10.

Walsh's funeral Mass is scheduled for this morning at St. Patrick's Church in suburban Watertown, where he grew up.

Thousands, including firefighters from across the country, attended his wake Tuesday.

Walsh will be buried next to his father, a Watertown firefighter.

Kennedy's wake is scheduled for this afternoon. His funeral is Thursday in Boston's West Roxbury neighborhood.

Fire department chaplains will conduct the funerals. Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley is expected to attend.


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