Thousands pay respects for fallen firefighter Lt. Walsh
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A funeral was held today for Boston firefighter, Lieutenant Edward Walsh at the Boston area church where he was baptized almost 43 years ago to the day.
The 43 year-old was killed along with another firefighter, Michael Kennedy, while battling a nine-alarm apartment fire last week.
Today, Walsh was remembered in a Catholic Mass at St. Patrick's church in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley joined Walsh's wife and three children and hundreds of others inside the church while thousands of firefighters from across the globe stood outside.
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh offered a tribute to honor the work of Lieutenant Walsh, calling him a rock.
"As a brave and experienced firefighter, Ed Walsh was a rock, supporting all of our lives - whether we knew it or not."
A bell ceremony was held at the conclusion of the service with a special signal of 2-2-2-2 - representing the end of the firefighter's duties, also known as the last alarm.
Lieutenant Walsh will be buried next to his father, a former Watertown Firefighter.
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