boston fire back bay fire michael kennedy edward walsh Firefighter Michael Kennedy, left, and Lt. Edward Walsh, right, were killed in a fire that tore through a Back Bay brownstone Wednesday.
Credit: Boston Fire Department

In the days following the tragic Boston fire that claimed the life of two firefighters, the community has come together in the hopes of raising funds for their families.

On Thursday it was announced that theBoston Firefighters Credit Unionhas created the Lieutenant Walsh - Firefighter Kennedy Memorial Fund to aid the families of Lieutenant Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy, who were killed in the 9-alarm fire that took down a Back Bay apartment building on Wednesday.


Mayor Martin J. Walsh said in a statement that the foundation was established as a result of the public's desire to help.

"Since yesterday's tragic events, we've experienced an outpouring of support from across the city, state and country. So many people have expressed a willingness to help, in some way, as we grieve the loss of Lieutenant Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy," Walsh said.

"Although no donation can heal the wounds suffered by the Walsh and Kennedy families, we are grateful to the Boston Firefighter's Credit Union for helping us create a focal point for peoples’ generosity,” he continued.

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