Firefighters from around the country were among the mourners gathering at the wake of Lt. Kevin M. Kelley, and sharing stories about the 30-year veteran.
Kelley's oldest daughter, Susan, spoke briefly about her father before the wake.
"Our dad was a great guy. We loved him. He loved his family. ... And we hope that he's going to be happy where he is going and we're going to miss him," Susan said, linked hand-in-hand with her two sisters, Christine and Maureen.
Susan remembered him as a fun-loving man who enjoyed taking vacations and going to amusement parks. She said he always loved being a firefighter.
"He was outnumbered by full women," Susan said. "He had three sisters so he had that growing up too. I think he liked going to work because he had the guys to hang out with and joke around with."
Lt. Kelley died Jan. 9 when his ladder truck plowed into an apartment building on Huntington Avenue in Boston.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Susan Kelley would not comment about the nature of her father's death or the investigation.
This program aired on January 13, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.