We stand with Engine 33, Ladder 15, Back Bay. We stand with all of Boston in our shared grief, and in our gratitude for the service of all Boston Firefighters.
We cannot say it any better than our new Mayor Martin J. Walsh did Wednesday night after we all learned that Boston lost two of its firefighters in that day’s wind-driven storm:
“Our hearts are heavy with the knowledge that these brave men gave their lives to protect the safety of our city and its people. A day like today makes us all too aware of what they are risking in the course of doing their jobs. They are heroes simply by virtue of accepting this duty.”
– Mayor Martin J. Walsh
Lieutenant Walsh had served with the Boston Firefighters for nine years. His fellow firefighters said about him that “he was always the first one to run into a burning building.” Ed Walsh, 43, is survived by his wife and their three children, two boys and one girl, all under the age of 10.
Firefighter Kennedy, a naval marine who served in Iraq, was one of the first responders after Boston’s Marathon bombings last year. Among other dedicated community service, he had been mentoring a seven-year-old boy through Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2007.
SheGives will be collecting cash donations and checks for the fund established by the Boston Firefighters in honor of Lieutenant Walsh & Firefighter Kennedy at our next meeting on April 30th. If you would like to contribute to our one large heartfelt SheGives donation from our members, please bring your contribution to our next meeting on April 30th, or send a check to us made out to “Lieutenant Walsh – Firefighter Kennedy Memorial Fund ” at SheGives, P.O. Box 171049, Boston, MA 02115.
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