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Firefighters and residents line streets of Watertown to pay tribute to Lt. Edward Walsh

Michael Walsh carried the helmet of his brother, Edward J. Walsh Jr., a Boston firefighter who died last week, during a funeral procession in Watertown Wednesday.
Michael Walsh carried the helmet of his brother, Edward J. Walsh Jr., a Boston firefighter who died last week, during a funeral procession in Watertown Wednesday.David L Ryan/Globe Staff

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Boston Firefighter Bobby Broadway aimed his camera down Main Street, toward the American flag hoisted between two ladder trucks and the thousands of firefighters in dress blues standing tall and still along the edge of the road, waiting to salute the approaching body of Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh Jr., killed last week in a nine-alarm blaze.

“It’s like people have your back,” Broadway said.

Walsh’s funeral was Wednesday, a week after he and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy rushed into a burning building in the Back Bay and became trapped in the basement. About 10,000 firefighters from across the country — Baltimore, New York, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Toledo, Ohio — came to pay their respects, lining the roads and standing on rooftops to salute as Walsh’s coffin passed atop Engine 33.

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