March 28 - A ceremony in Boston pays tribute to two firefighters killed in a 9-alarm blaze. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Two Boston firefighters killed in a massive fire were honored in a public ceremony on Friday (March 28). Boston Fire Department veterans Edward Walsh and Michael Kennedy were killed and at least 17 people were injured on Wednesday (March 26) when a fire fueled by strong winds ripped through a four-story building in Boston's historic Back Bay neighborhood. Walsh was married with three young children. Kennedy was a former U.S Marine. "Last Wednesday was a tough day for the Boston Fire Department, for our brothers and sisters," said Richard Paris, President of the Firefighters Local Union 718. "Lieutenant Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy were part of a team that helped save people that day in that building fire." Bagpipers played the hymn "Amazing Grace" as the flags representing the Boston Fire Department and Firefighters' union were raised. Attendees also observed a moment of silence. "In fulfilling their assigned task as selfless Boston firefighters, Fire Lieutenant Walsh and and Firefighter Kennedy spoke far more eloquently of themselves than any one of us ever could," said Father Daniel Mahoney, the department chaplain. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh also praised the firefighters for their bravery and selflessness.