The wake for fallen Boston firefighter Michael R. Kennedy was held at the P.E. Murray Funeral Home on Centre Street in West Roxbury on Wednesday. Kennedy died in a nine-alarm Back Bay blaze last week along with Lt. Edward J. Walsh, Jr.
Thousands of firefighters, police officers, and other first responders from around the country lined the streets outside of P.E. Murray Funeral Home to pay their respects.
NECN reporter Alysha Palumbo tweeted these images of firefighters waiting to enter the funeral home earlier on Wednesday.
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh visited the funeral home to pay his respects.
WBZ-TV reporter Kate Merrill tweeted this photo of residents holding American flags as they lined the street outside of the funeral home.
Outside the funeral home for Michael Kennedy. pic.twitter.com/KgJAEqSPes— Kate Merrill WBZ (@KateMerrill) April 2, 2014
According to the Boston Fire Department, viewing hours for the general public were scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening. WBZ-TV reporter Jim Armstrong reports that due to the large number of firefighters and first responders in attendance, the public began entering the funeral home to pay their respects almost an hour later than the scheduled time.
The first of the civilian mourners now being allowed into Kennedy wake, following huge # of emergency responders.— Jim Armstrong (@JimArmstrongWBZ) April 2, 2014
The funeral for Walsh was held earlier on Wednesday at St. Patrick’s Church in Watertown. More than ten thousand firefighters and first responders from across the nation gathered to mourn the loss of the firefighter. Many of the firefighters and first responders came to Kennedy’s wake directly after Walsh’s funeral services.
After Walsh’s funeral on Wednesday, Mayor Martin J. Walsh issued a statement that praised state lawmakers and Gov. Deval Patrick for “taking the first steps to increase the state’s Line of Duty Death benefit.”
The Boston Globe reports:
"The Walsh and Kennedy families will need ongoing support in this immediate time of need and for years to come," the mayor said. "We all know that no amount of money can replace Lieutenant Edward Walsh or Firefighter Michael Kennedy, but this benefit increase shows the Commonwealth's true commitment to supporting the families of our fallen heroes and our profound appreciation for the sacrifice that they have made."
Kennedy’s funeral will be held on Thursday at the Church of the Holy Name at 1689 Centre St. in West Roxbury at 11 a.m.Follow Meghan Colloton on Twitter at @BostonMeghan.