The P.E. Murray-F.J. Higgins, George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home would like to take a moment and extend our sincere appreciation to all those involved as well as the West Roxbury & Roslindale communities in planning such a fitting salute to a true American Hero.
The Boston Fire Department experienced a tragic loss on March 26, 2014 while fighting the Nine Alarm Fire on Beacon St. in Boston’s Back Bay. Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy (Ladder 15) and Lt. Edward J. Walsh Jr. (Engine 33) perished in the line of duty battling the fatal fire.
We were extremely honored when we were asked by the Kennedy and Crosby-Bell families to assist them in planning the services for Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy.
We are forever grateful to all those who helped in creating such an memorable final salute to this fallen hero.
We would like to thank the following people and organizations who made this service what it was. Without your help such a meaningful tribute would not have been possible. We apologize in advance if we failed to acknowledge any person or group.
Members of the Boston Fire Department; Lt. Mike Walsh, Lt. Ralph Dowling, Richard Paris, Jim Riley; Members of BFD Ladder 15 and Engine 33; Rich MacKinnon PFFM; The United States Marine Corps; The Boston Police Department; The Massachusetts State Police; Mayor Marty Walsh; Cardinal Sean O’Malley; Holy Name Church Pastor, Rev. Msgr. George Carlson, Rev. Oscar Pratt, Pastoral Associate Fran Hauck, Music Director Thomas Manguem; St. Francis de Sales Church, Charlestown Pastor and Boston Fire Dept. Chief Chaplain, Rev. Daniel Mahoney; St. Cecilia Church, Back Bay Pastor, Rev. John Unni. Irish Tenor, Ronan Tynan; Family friend Elaine Lindy; The American Infidels Motorcycle Club; Forest Hills Cemetery; Everyone from West Roxbury, Roslindale and surrounding communities who lined the streets and offered such heartfelt support.
The staff of the