Connecticut Firefighters Travel to Boston Firefighter’s Funeral

Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014  |  Updated 11:40 AM EDT
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Connecticut Firefighters Travel to Boston Firefighter’s Funeral

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Connecticut firefighters board bus to attend firefighter funeral in Boston.

Thousands of firefighters, including several from Connecticut, are paying respects to a fallen brother from the Boston Fire Department.

A group of firefighters from Connecticut made the trip to Massachusetts this morning to attend the funeral of Lt. Ed Walsh, who was killed in a nine-alarm fire in Boston’s Back Bay last week.

Last week, Chip Atzbach, of the Manchester Fire Department, listened to the scanners.

“And you knew something was wrong when you could hear the screaming,” he said. “And finally the word came out that two firefighters had perished and you know it’s a tough day because it could have been any of us.”

Before the sun came up, local firefighters got onto buses to make the two-hour trip to the church in Watertown, Mass. for Walsh’s funeral, a brother firefighter.

“I lost my brother in Boston and I’m going to see him off today,” Ron Trinks, a retired Manchester firefighter, said. “It’s hard. It really is hard.”

Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy were both killed in the fire. Kennedy’s wake will be held today in West Roxbury, Mass. and his funeral will be held tomorrow.

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