WEST ROXBURY (CBS) – As firefighters saluted their fallen brother and members of the community came out to show their support, there was one message from Tammy Boecher, a friend of Michael Kennedy.

“I hope Michael knew how much, I don’t think he did, that we all loved him and adored him,” she said.

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The adoration came from even the smallest members of the West Roxbury community where Kennedy’s funeral was held at Holy Name church.

Four-year-old Johnny Sagrue instinctively knew the uniform to wear to the procession.

“He went downstairs in the basement and found the firefighter costume to honor the firemen who risk their lives everyday for us. We want to say thank you,” said his mother Jill.

Many Parents who brought their children to the procession were trying to help them understand the importance of the show of support for two fallen heroes.

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“We wanted them to know about the people out there who do this job, and not feel it’s scary for them,” said Cindy Gaffey.

Flags adorned the neighborhood, and as the casket made its way to the church, the sacrifice of the firefighters was heavy on the hearts of those who watched in silence.

“These guys don’t hesitate to run into danger, to run into a burning building and make the sacrifice,” said Brian Ward.

“Just unbelievable pride, honor, and respect,” said Roseanne Graber.

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