Lt. Edward J. Walsh, one of the Boston firefighters killed in the 9-alarm blaze in the Back Bay on Wednesday, has family on the Watertown Fire Department.
Walsh, 43, of West Roxbury, and firefighter Michael Kennedy, 33 of Hyde Park, died in the basement of a brownstone on Beacon Street when flames flared up in a backdraft, Boston Fire officials said Wednesday night. Thirteen other firefighters were injured in the fire.
The fire touched Watertown, as Walsh has family members currently and formerly on the Watertown Fire Department. His father was a lieutenant on the WFD as was his late uncle Bill, according to the Boston Fire Department. His cousin Tom is a captain on the Watertown Fire Department.
Walsh and Kennedy worked in the firehouse on Boylston Street near the Hynes Convention Center. Walsh had more than 9 years experience as a firefighter. He leaves behind three children under the age of 10 – two sons and a daughter, according to the Boston Fire Department.