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Boston Mayor Honors Fallen Firefighters

(FF Michael Kennedy [L], Lt. Edward Walsk [R] - Photos Provided by Boston Fire Dept.)

(FF Michael Kennedy [L], Lt. Edward Walsh [R] – Photos Provided by Boston Fire Dept.)

BOSTON (AP) — Hundreds of people have honored two fallen firefighters in a solemn ceremony at Boston’s City Hall Plaza.

Lt. Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy died when they were fighting a fire in a brownstone apartment building in the Back Bay area on Wednesday.

Mayor Martin Walsh said Friday the courage of Walsh and Kennedy will never be forgotten, and “words cannot repay the debt of gratitude” the city owes them and their families.

Fire Commissioner John Hasson said the compassion and kindness of their fellow citizens has lifted the spirits of firefighters.

Bagpipers played the hymn “Amazing Grace” as the red flag of the Boston Fire Department, and the blue flag of the firefighters’ union, were raised.

A minute of silence was observed by the crowd that included some family members of the men who died.

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