IAFF Mourns Loss of Two Boston Local 718
UPDATED March 27, 2014 - The IAFF is saddened to learn that two Boston, MA Local 718 members - Edward Walsh Jr., 43,
and Michael Kennedy, 33 -- made the ultimate sacrifice on March 26 while responding to a nine-alarm brownstone fire in the
Back Bay section of the City.
Thirteen others were injured, some seriously, and treated at the hospital.
They suffered burns and broken bones, but none of the injuries are considered life-threatening.
hearts are heavy today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and with all of our Local 718 brothers and sisters
during this difficult time," says IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger.
The IAFF will post
more information regarding services as soon as the information is available. Donation information is below.
fire started in the basement and spread very quickly because of the 45-miles-per-hour weather conditions. Walsh and Kennedy,
both from Engine 33, went inside to assist with the interior attack, but called a Mayday within two or three minutes after
Local 718 leaders report that early indications suggest that the intensity of the flames may
have burned through their fire hoses, preventing them from putting water on the fire.
Both Local 718
members are being remembered for their commanding presence. Walsh, who had almost a decade on the job, comes from a family
of fire fighters. His father and uncles served in Watertown and were members of Local l347.
Walsh is also remembered
as a devoted family man. He leaves behind a wife and three children who are all under the age of 10.
was a six-and-a-half year veteran fire fighter and a Marine Corps veteran. He was one of the first on the scene in the aftermath
of the Boston Marathon bombing last year.
He was dedicated to his City and community, even when he was not on the
job. He worked with Big Brothers, Big Sisters and he worked hard to assist a blood and bone marrow registry drive in support
of a six-year-old boy with leukemia.
Donations will be accepted by mail
by sending a check to:
Lieutenant Walsh - Firefighter Kennedy Memorial Fund
60 Hallet Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
Credit card donations will also be accepted
on this website