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.
10 responses to “Boston in Mourning”
That fireman’s prayer is so touching. What heroes these men are. I feel so sad for the families of these two brave men.
Yes, we take their services for granted.
A very poignant post. Well said, Marsha.
Thank you Andrew. Words don’t flow easily.
We all tend to take life and what we have for granted until we hear of tragedies like this. It’s a reminder to appreciate every second of every day.
Yes and almost immediately after finishing the post, I wanted to find one more picture I took from the Prudential Tower in Boston. I realized I must have deleted all those pictures from my camera. Not one remained. I anger easily, getting caught up in the trivial even in the midst of writing about the essential. 😐
Oh darn. It’s easy to for serenity to disappear when things don’t go our way.
🙂 I wish it weren’t so, but it is. 🙂
Things like this make me very sad indeed. My son is a firefighter. They are true heroes and my heart goes out to the families of these men and to the community who have lost two wonderful souls 😦
They do wonderful things. They saved my mother’s life more times than I can count. Tell your son thanks for his work from me. 🙂