BOSTON — A 33-year-old Boston firefighter and former Marine killed fighting an apartment blaze has been honored for his service by thousands of mourners.
At his funeral Thursday, family members and friends recalled Michael Kennedy’s humor, love and competitiveness. They spoke of his volunteer work with the Big Brother Big Sister program and burn victims.
Firefighters from around the country lined the streets, and bagpipers played, as they did on Wednesday for Lt. Edward Walsh, 43, who died with Kennedy on March 26.
Boston leaders including Mayor Martin Walsh and Gov. Deval Patrick attended the service at Holy Name Church in the West Roxbury neighborhood where Kennedy grew up. The mayor said Kennedy’s values and influence on others can bring hope to those who mourn him.
Walsh was buried in suburban Watertown on Wednesday after being honored by firefighters from as far as Washington state. Walsh was married with three children under the age of 10. He was buried alongside his father, also a firefighter.