Boston in Mourning

Boston mourned April 2-5 for two firefighters who lost their lives battling an apartment fire on a windy day.  Many people came by to drop off flowers read the memorials left behind to honor their heroes.

Fire fighters memorial1

Firefighters pulled Lt. Edward Walsh 43, and Michael Kennedy, 33, from the basement at the rear of the building.  Both Walsh and Kennedy worked on Engine 33/Ladder 15 out of the station at Boylston and Hereford Streets, less than a block from the Sheraton Hotel where we had our NCSS meeting. 90.9 WBUR.

Firefighters 2

Fireman’s Prayer

When I am called to duty, God, wherever flames may rage, give me strength to save some live whatever be its age.

Help me embrace the little child before it is too late, or save an older person from the horror of that fate.

Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout, and quickly and efficiently to put the fire out.

I want to fill my calling to give the best in me to guard my every neighbor and protect their property.

And if according to your will I have lose my life, please bless with your protecting hand, my children and my wife.

Station 33

When Matt picked me up, we drove by the apartment on the way out of town.  It amazed me that fire devastated the brick building.


Sometimes I take life for granted.  Tragedies make me take stock and think about the gift of life I have.  My prayers are with families who lost so much as a result of the fire.

Boston Herald

Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. For thirty-five years, I lived in the most beautiful area in Central Valley of California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains minutes from the Sequoia National Park. As a child I moved from Indiana to Oregon. With my first husband I moved from Oregon to Colorado to California. Every time we moved, it hurt so much to leave friends. I never wanted to move again. After Mark passed, I married again. I told Vince that I could never budge from my roots in California. He said he loved the high desert. I don't think he ever thought he would realize his dream. In November, 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

10 thoughts on “Boston in Mourning”

  1. Things like this make me very sad indeed. My son is a firefighter. They are true heroes and my heart goes out to the families of these men and to the community who have lost two wonderful souls 😦


    1. Yes and almost immediately after finishing the post, I wanted to find one more picture I took from the Prudential Tower in Boston. I realized I must have deleted all those pictures from my camera. Not one remained. I anger easily, getting caught up in the trivial even in the midst of writing about the essential. 😐


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