A Presque Isle fireman is sharing his experience after traveling to Boston for the service of a firefighter who was killed in the line of duty.
Dale Morrison, Presque Isle Fire Department, “They were mourning but I think it was more of a respect thing – it is a sad thing you know what happened I mean the man had 3 young children and a wife but everyone coming out to pay their respect was just a big honor.”
Morrison is a friend of a friend of fallen Boston Fire Lt. Edward Walsh’s family. When asked to attend a service to pay respect, Morrison didn’t even think twice. So he drove down to Boston.
Morrison, “It was overwhelming once I got down there just to see as many people, I knew it was going to be big, I just didn’t realize how big this was going to be.”
Morrison says it was estimated that about 15 thousand people attended the service on Wednesday for Lt. Edward Walsh. The other firefighter killed last week was Michael Kennedy. His funeral was held Thursday. Morrison drove back up from Boston on Thursday and says the service was just an incredible sight to see.
Morrison, “They lined all the firemen right in front of the church they had all the Boston Firefighters there and there was roughly… I want to say 1 thousand of them. And everyone else lined up on the street about a mile to two miles long. They had 8 to 12 rows deep of firemen it was all you can see going up the street.”
Morrison says firefighters know the dangers of the job, and they know how deeply a fire department is effected when they lose one of their brothers.
Morrison, “It’s everywhere, the brotherhood – everywhere – you get to meet people like this and I’ve met so many people now and I made friends for a long time from all over the country not just the united states you know there was people there from London, Australia, Calgary, and just everywhere, it was a pretty amazing thing.”
Boston Fire Lt. Ed Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy died last week battling a fire at a four story building west of downtown Boston. They were killed when an explosion blew them down a set of stairs. Over a dozen other firemen were injured.