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.
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.
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.
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.