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Funeral Services Wednesday Morning for Lt. Ed Walsh

Thousands from across the state and nation came to pay their respects.

Lt. Ed Walsh Photo Credit: Boston Fire Department
Lt. Ed Walsh Photo Credit: Boston Fire Department
By Liz Taurasi

Funeral services will be held this morning for one of two Boston firefighters who died battling a 9-alarm fire in Back Bay last week

Lt Ed Walsh will be laid to rest this morning following his funeral service at St. Patrick’s Church in Watertown at 10:30 a.m.

Walsh, who lived in West Roxbury, grew up in Watertown. His father and uncle, now deceased, served on the Watertown Fire Department. His cousin, Tom, is currently a captain there. Walsh was married and had three children all under the age of 10.

Thousands of firefighters and police officers from across the state and the nation were on hand Tuesday for Walsh’s wake, honoring one of their own who died in the line of duty.

Walsh was killed last Wednesday, along with fellow firefighter Michael Kennedy when the pair became trapped in the basement of the four-story brownstone.

Lt. Walsh was from Engine Company 33; Firefighter Kennedy was with Ladder Company 15.

Firefighter Kennedy’s wake will be held later today at the P.E. Murray Funeral Home, 2000 Centre St. in West Roxbury, from 2:30 to 8 p.m. General public viewing hours for Kennedy’s wake will be from 4 to 8 p.m. His funeral Mass is Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Name, 1689 Centre St., West Roxbury.

The investigation into the source of the fire is ongoing. Fire officials were looking into the possibility that the building’s heating system sparked the blaze. They are also reviewing the structure’s electrical system. Arson has been ruled out as a cause of that fire.

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