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Fallen Firefighter Kennedy Remembered as Charitable “Big Brother”

KENNEDY BIG BROTHERS


BOSTON (WGGB) — The entire City of Boston and Commonwealth of Massachusetts are mourning the death of Boston Firefighter Michael Kennedy and Lieutenant Edward Walsh.

But for one family, Kennedy’s death hits particularly hard.

Among several charitable programs to which Firefighter Kennedy donated his time, the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay was perhaps the most influential.

At least, that’s what Alex Beauzile, 14, would tell you.

“When Mike came in, it kind of changed my life,” Alex says, “he always encouraged us to do better, me and my sister.”

Mike served as Alex’s “big brother” in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program for seven years. In that time, he got to know Alex, his sister Gabby, 13, and their mother Jeannie.

“He was an awesome guy, I still can’t believe that he’s gone,” Gabby says. “He helped my family out a  lot and it’s something that most people wouldn’t do for anybody else, but Mike did that.”

The family said Kennedy supported the single mother and her two children in ways that they never expected when they began participating in the program.

All the joy Kennedy brought to their lives has now turned to grief. However, both Kennedy and the family knew what the relationship meant.

“Our best memory was when we went to Six Flags,” Alex recalled, “and at the end he told me ‘I love you,’ and I told him that I love him too.”

A funeral date has yet to be set for Kennedy and Walsh, but several memorials have been set up across the city.

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