BOSTON (CBS) – The tolling of the bell was an ominous sound at the Massachusetts Memorial to Fallen Firefighters at the statehouse.
On a day that’s come to symbolize their commitment to saving lives, 29 names were added to the ring of honor, men who’ve lost their lives in the last year. Among them a special tribute to Boston Fire Lt. Edward Walsh and Boston firefighter Michael Kennedy, who died in the line of duty March 26 battling a nine-alarm fire in the Back Bay.
“It can’t be overstated that these are brave men. I’m proud Michael is my son,” said his father Paul Kennedy. He and other family members laid a rose at the site, followed by members of the Walsh family.
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“He was a role model to my whole family,” said his cousin Paul McCaffrey. “He was a hero to us before the rest of the world. He’s missed very much.”
A procession from Boston Common included bagpipers and drums, and the names of each of the fallen men were read. The memorial was dedicated in 2007 and includes 870 names.
Firefighters played a crucial role on September 11 which is why this day is chosen for the annual ceremony.
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