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Fellow Firefighters Return Wedding Ring to Fallen Lieutenant’s Widow

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(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BOSTON (WGGB) — As fallen Boston Fire Lieutenant Edward Walsh was being honored at his wake on Tuesday, his colleagues were hard at work making one important wish come true for the firefighter’s wife.

Walsh’s former coworkers wanted to return his wedding ring to his wife Kristen, but it was no easy task.

Kristen Walsh called the Boylston Street firehouse with the humble request, launching a search of every inch of the station. However, firefighters had no luck.

So, they returned to the scene of the Back Bay fire where Walsh lost his life. The ring was not on Walsh’s hand when his body, along with that of fellow firefighter Michael Kennedy, was removed from the building at 298 Beacon Street.

“It was down in the basement. It was all debris, fire debris. It was all wet and matted together, there were six of us,” said Patty Kenneally Donovan, the first woman appointed to the Boston Fire Department.

They spent 90 minutes digging through the debris at the scene, before Donovan made the discovery.

“I finally saw a circle when I was sifting. I saw it and I picked it up,” she said. “I started cleaning it off and I realized, ‘Oh my gosh this is it.’ I got the chills and I said, ‘Oh my gosh I found it.’”

By that time, Walsh’s wake had already begun. Donovan and others rushed the ring to St. Patrick’s church to deliver it to Kristen just in time.

“We had been at the fire scene, so I wasn’t all that clean,” Donovan added, “but we wanted to get over there before the wake was over. And we presented the ring to her at the wake and she put it on her finger and started crying. It was just a touching moment.”

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