Still Boston Strong: Five Funds Set Up for Firefighters Killed in Back Back Fire

Boston Fire Department

Photo by Alex Lau

On March 26, a fast-moving fire raged through a Back Bay brownstone, taking the lives of Lieutenant Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy. Lieutenant Walsh left behind a wife and three children under the age of 10. Firefighter Kennedy was a Marine veteran. In the wake of the tragedy, friends and Boston community members set up several funds to benefit the victims’ families, as well as the 13 other injured firefighters. —Caroline Hatano

1. Lieutenant Walsh–Firefighter Kennedy Memorial Fund:
Proceeds will go directly to the Walsh and Kennedy families.

2. College Fund for Fallen Boston Firefighter Lt. Edward J. Walsh’s Three Children:
Sean O’Connor, cofounder of The Boston Calendar, is raising money to support Lieutenant Walsh’s children when they head for college.

3. The Greg Hill Foundation Beneficiary Firefighters of the Beacon Street Fire:
Established by the WAAF radio personality, this fund had raised more than $82,000 at press time.

4. Heroes of Beacon Street Fire:
Funds will benefit the 13 firefighters who were hospitalized for injuries.

5. 33 to 33:
Cone Communications encourages donors to give $33 to honor the firefighters.