BOSTON (CBS) – Edward “Eddie” Walsh Jr. was always among the first to enter a burning building. That was the case again on Wednesday, March 26 when the Boston Fire Lieutenant braved his way into a 4-story brick building at 298 Beacon Street.
He and firefighter Michael Kennedy made their way into that burning building, armed with a hose, and went right to the basement, the heart of the fire.
Within 3 minutes, they called ‘mayday’, indicating they were trapped. Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Finn later said is appears a front window in the basement broke out, blowing the fire back at the men. Walsh’s body was pulled from that basement nearly five hours later, by the men from his firehouse.
“He was taken out the back through a line of firefighters,” said Boston Fire spokesman Steve McDonald, describing the somber ritual. “Everyone saluted him and he was taken for his last ride.”
Ed Walsh, 43, lived in West Roxbury with his wife and his three children, two boys and one girl, all under the age of 10.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports