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(NECN: Kathryn Sotnik, Watertown, Mass.) - It was an emotional Friday night, as the motorcade procession for Lt. Ed Walsh wrapped down Mt. Auburn Street in Watertown.
A police escort could be seen driving with the fallen Boston firefighter every step of the way, from the morgue in Boston to the firefighter lined streets of his childhood in Watertown.
Eventually the hearse made its' way into the Stanton funeral home, where his body was delivered, as a crowd of onlookers paid their respects.
"My thoughts and prayers are with his family right now," said Watertown resident Corinne Boyle.
Walsh's grief-stricken family followed his body into the funeral home.
He leaves behind a wife and three children among many other family members, friends, and fellow firefighters.
The Gleason family said they were there to show their support.
Candy Gleason said, "Just supporting the Walsh family, especially my husband grew up with him on Fitchburg St. in Watertown, we're Watertown strong."
Walsh was one of the two firefighters who died battling Wednesday's fire in the Back Bay of Boston.
Firefighter Michael Kennedy also died.
Both were out of the Boylston Street station.
His fellow firefighters remember Walsh as the go-getter, the man everyone looked up to.
Boston Firefighter Michael Lozanne worked with Walsh for about a year at the West Roxbury station.
"He was my hero, my hero," said Lozanne.
Walsh is a second generation firefighter.
His late father and uncle were both firefighters in Watertown.
If you are interested in donating to the memorial fund supporting the families of Lt. Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy, you can do so here, or by mailing a check to the fund here:
Lieutenant Walsh - Firefighter Kennedy Memorial Fund
Boston Firefighters Credit Union
60 Hallet Street
Dorchester, MA 02124