Bangor firefighters pay tribute to fallen brothers

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Bangor firefighters are paying tribute to their two fallen brothers from the Boston Fire Department. These firemen hit the road at 1:30am to attend the Boston firefighter funeral for Lieutenant Edward Walsh. This 43-year-old firefighter was a husband and a father of three kids. This afternoon, a wake will be held for firefighter Michael Kennedy. Kennedy had six-and-a-half years on the job and was a United States Marine Veteran. Both of these men died after they were trapped in a burning building on Beacon Street.

Fourth District Vice President, Ron Green Jr. said these men were a part of Maine's firefighter family even if they didn't know them.

"I think you would find most of the guys on this bus didn't know these guys personally down there. We feel a really deep connection to them. I think that we have all grieved in our own way for the past few days."

Green also explained that this group of firefighters is more than co-workers.

"We work together, we sleep together and we eat together. Everything we do we do together. We are all just a big family once we get on that bus and we close those doors we all bicker and we are like brothers at home, but when it gets down to it we are just like family."

Bangor firefighters attending today's service will be back late this evening. Then more firefighters from across the state will head back to Boston tomorrow to attend the second funeral service.

To help during this time of heartache, Dysart's Restaurant provided homemade sandwiches, cookies, chips and beverages for these firefighters to have on their drive to Boston.


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