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Apr 2, 2014 4:25 PM

Thousands Attend Boston Firefighter's Funeral

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - Thousands of firefighters from across Massachusetts and beyond have joined family and friends in paying final respects to a Boston firefighter killed in a brownstone fire a week ago.

Lt. Edward Walsh died alongside firefighter Michael Kennedy when they became trapped by the fire in the Back Bay neighborhood. Walsh was married with three children under the age of 10.

Firefighters from as far as Washington state lined the streets Wednesday outside St. Patrick's Church in suburban Watertown, site of the funeral Mass. Bagpipers played as firefighters carried Walsh's coffin.

Walsh was being buried next to his father, a Watertown firefighter.

The Mass was attended by Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Mayor Martin Walsh, Gov. Deval Patrick and Irish tenor Ronan Tynan.

Kennedy's funeral is Thursday in Boston.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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