Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley says the contractors who sparked a fire that claimed the lives of Lt. Lt. Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy were truly careless, but they weren't reckless, the standard for bringing criminal charges against them.
Kennedy, a Roslindale native, was an active member of the group.
The $5,000 scholarship will go to a Roslindale or West Roxbury student in grades 6-8, who goes to a school that charges tuition. Applicants have to submit:
Not long after fire and law-enforcement officials finished a press conference in which they blamed welding sparks for the fatal Beacon Street fire but declined to say much about the welders themselves, Michele McPhee, currently at ABC News, reported:
Sources said that the investigators believe the welders were aware of the fire and did not call 911 or alert anyone occupying the building about the blaze.
Fire and law-enforcement officials said today that the fire at 298 Beacon St. that killed two firefighters was likely caused by welders installing an iron hand rail in the rear of the neighboring 296 Beacon.
"We do not believe the fire was intentionally set," Boston Fire Commissioner John Hasson said at a press conference today with Police Commissioner William Evans and Ed Zabin, who heads the Suffolk County District Attorney's homicide division.
LM photographed the scene at the Holy Name rotary in West Roxbury as firefighters saluted Mike Kennedy, for whom a mass was held at Holy Name Church.
There will be similar scenes today in West Roxbury, where Firefighter Mike Kennedy will be waked, 2:30 to 8 p.m. at the P.E. Murray Funeral Home on Centre Street, and tomorrow, when his funeral mass is held at 11 a.m. at Holy Name Church at Centre and West Roxbury Parkway.
Kevin Cullen reports on Kristen Walsh's one request to firefighters after learning her husband Ed had died in the 298 Beacon St. fire.
Veteran Boston photojournalist Stanley Forman was on the way home from a workday that had started at 3:30 a.m. when he heard a call for somebody trapped on a fourth-floor balcony. He recounts what happened next - including listening to what he said was the worst fire radio call he'd ever heard.
Cone Communications has set up a new fundraising effort to support the Walsh Kennedy Memorial Fund:
33 to 33 is a call-to-action to honor the memory of Lieutenant Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy's service with Engine 33 through a simple act of giving in cooperation with the Boston Firefighter’s Union.
Bostonians and others can donate $33 to the Walsh Kennedy Memorial Fund, established by the Boston Firefighter’s Union to benefit the families of both fallen heroes.
They answered the call. Now it’s our time to respond. 33 to 33.
Visiting hours for Lt. Ed Walsh are Tuesday, 3 to 8 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, 212 Main St., Watertown. A funeral Mass at the church will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.
Visiting hours for Firefighter Mike Kennedy are Wednesday, 2:30 to 8 p.m. at the P.E. Murray Funeral Home, 2000 Centre St., West Roxbury. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 11 a.m. at Holy Name Church, 1689 Centre St., West Roxbury.
Photo copyright Brian D'Amico. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.
Police and firefighters lined the roads from Albany Street in the South End to Centre Street in West Roxbury yesterday evening as Firefighter Michael Kennedy's body was transported from the medical examiner's office to the P.E. Murray Funeral Home.
In Jamaica Plain, meanwhile, residents had an informal memorial at the Monument, where they left a board and pens for people to say farewell.
Brian D'Amico watched Berklee students remember the two fallen firefighters today at the Boylston Street firehouse.
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