Friends of fallen Boston firefighter Mike Kennedy will tell you he was well-known for using his "fingerstache" to photo-bomb.
In the wake of Kennedy's tragic death in Wednesday's nine-alarm fire in the Back Bay, the popular tattoo has found new meaning for his friends, colleagues and members of his massive CrossFit family - who are getting inked up to honor his memory.
Many of Kennedy's friends are gathering Friday afternoon at Stingray Body Art in Allston to get memorial finger mustaches signifying the permanent impact he had on their lives.
Among those getting tattooed in honor of Kennedy is Anthony Taurasi, better known in CrossFit circles as "Tony No Bread," who said the fingerstache tattoo will serve as a daily reminder of how much Kennedy meant to him.
"I came up with this idea Wednesday night while we were toasting him and I contacted the tattoo place and they have been wonderful," Taurasi said. "I can't think of a better way to memorialize Mike right now than to get his mustache tattoos on our fingers."
A Marine Corps veteran, Kennedy, 33, who served on Ladder Company 15, was a resident of Hyde Park and was a native of West Roxbury.
Kennedy was a Crossfit Coach at CrossFit Together in Hyde Park and he also had a big impact coaching at CrossFit Craic in Dedham and Crossfit Florian in Norwood.
"There are not enough words to describe him. He was just an amazing individual," Taurasi said. "We are all better people because of him."
CrossFit locations throughout the area are opening their doors to honor and remember Kennedy. Here are a couple:
CrossFit Reebok One in Canton will open its doors to the public tonight so local athletes can do 14.5 in memory of the two firefighters. Those interested can visit CrossFit ONE at 1895 JW Foster Blvd. in Canton from 5-8 p.m.; attendees are asked to donate $10.The Boston Firefighters Credit Union has established a fund for Walsh and Kennedy, and donations can be made with a credit card by visiting the memorial fund’s page on the credit union’s website.
CrossFit Franklin is honoring a HERO WOD (workout of the day) for Kennedy on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. CrossFit Franklin is located at 100 Franklin Village Drive in Franklin, MA. More information is available on their website.
Editor's Note: Anthony Taurasi is the brother of Patch Associate Editorial Director Liz Taurasi.