Support pours in from across New England for victims of Boston blaze

March 27, 2014, 4:56 am
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(NECN) - Reaction and support pouring in from people across New England after a 9-alarm fire in Boston claimed the lives of two firefighters and hospitalized at least 18 Wednesday.

Fire officials confirmed at a press conference Wednesday night that Lt. Ed Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy died in the fire at 298 Beacon St. Thirteen other firefighters were injured.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick released a statement saying, "My heart and my condolences go out to the families of the firefighters lost in the line of duty today, as well as to the entire Boston Fire Department. This terrible tragedy reinforces how we must be grateful every single day for the brave men and women who put themselves in danger day in and day out to keep us safe."

Cardinal Sean O'Malley released a statement saying in part, “These brave men gave their lives in the line of duty, putting the public safety ahead of their own interests.  As a community we come together in this time of loss, offering our support and our prayers to the Walsh and Kennedy families and to their fellow firefighters.”  

Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady, a Back Bay resident, said in a statement, "I want to extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to the Boston Fire Department and the families of our brave and selfless firefighters who gave their lives for our protection and safety today, and to the entire firefighting community who protect us each and every day."

The Boston Celtics honored the two fallen firefighters before Wednesday night's game. The TD Garden went dark as the players and audience observed a moment of silence before the National Anthem

The Boston Bruins tweeted:

MBTA Police Officer Dic Donohue, who was injured in the shootout with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects tweeted:

New England Patriots player Vince Wilfork tweeted:

New England Patriots player Julian Edelman tweeted:

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