Statement of Mayor
(BOSTON - March 26, 2014) Tonight the
City of Boston mourns the loss of two of our own. Lt. Ed Walsh and Firefighter
Michael Kennedy lost their lives battling the nine-alarm fire on Beacon Street
Words cannot do justice to the grief that we feel tonight. Our hearts are heavy
with the knowledge that these brave men gave their lives to protect the safety
of our city and its people.
The men and women of the Boston Fire Department are the brave heroes who run
towards the danger when others run away. A day like today makes us all too aware
of what they are risking in the course of doing their jobs. They are heroes
simply by virtue of accepting this duty. They put themselves in harm's way so
that others might be safe.
Thank you to the Boston Fire Department, Boston Police Department, EMS and all
other first responders and volunteers for your heroic work today.
Our thoughts and prayers are with their families tonight as they face this
terrible loss. We also hold close their fellow firefighters, who have lost
friends as dear as brothers.