.

Fallen Fire Lt. Ed Walsh Remembered

Calling hours were held in Watertown Tuesday for Walsh, who was killed fighting a nine-alarm blaze in Back Bay Wednesday.

A line of firefighters gathers in Watertown for Ed Walsh's memorial service. Credit: Jennifer Eagan/WHDH 7News
A line of firefighters gathers in Watertown for Ed Walsh's memorial service. Credit: Jennifer Eagan/WHDH 7News
Thousands of firefighters gathered in Watertown Tuesday afternoon during a memorial service for Ed Walsh, one of the Boston firefighters killed in a nine-alarm blaze last week.

The service was held at St. Patrick’s Church on Main Street. Mourners waited in line for hours to get inside.

"Thank you to all who honored Lt. Ed Walsh today," the Boston Fire Department said in a statement. "Your support and the comfort you provided was most welcome."

Walsh, who lived in West Roxbury, grew up in Watertown. His father and uncle, now deceased, served on the Watertown Fire Department. His cousin, Tom, is currently a captain there.

Walsh was married and had three children all under the age of 10.

His funeral will be held at the church Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

Services for Mike Kennedy, the other fallen firefighter, start Wednesday.

Close to 20 more first responders were hurt in Wednesday's fire. Officials say the blaze may have started in a heating system, according to Boston.com. Arson was ruled out.

Ongoing coverage:
Sharon Stelzer April 01, 2014 at 06:35 PM
I want to thank all the surrounding towns for sending their police officers to support the Watertown Police Department. As I drove home from work from one side of town to the other, I saw officers from Somerville, Maynard and Winchester. With the support of these towns and others the Walsh family can say goodbye to Ed. Thank you to all responding to this call.
fp April 02, 2014 at 07:47 AM
Why are not ALL government employees taking the day off to support the fallen heroes? Perhaps a month of remberence would be more appropriate.
Karen April 02, 2014 at 10:13 AM
How much would this cost?
Ann April 02, 2014 at 01:12 PM
These firefighters paid the ultimate price. Thank you and God Bless the families and their brothers in service.
Mara April 02, 2014 at 01:53 PM
I find the constant tv coverage and shutting down the town to be excessive. And I come from a family of firefighters.

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »