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Firefighter Kennedy Laid To Rest

The funeral procession for Boston firefighter Michael R. Kennedy proceeds through saluting firefighters as it arrives at Holy Name Church in Boston, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Kennedy and Boston Fire Lt. Edward J. Walsh were killed Wednesday, March 26, 2014 when they were trapped in the basement of a burning brownstone during a nine-alarm blaze. (AP)

The funeral procession for Boston firefighter Michael R. Kennedy proceeds through saluting firefighters as it arrives at Holy Name Church in Boston, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Kennedy and Boston Fire Lt. Edward J. Walsh were killed Wednesday, March 26, 2014 when they were trapped in the basement of a burning brownstone during a nine-alarm blaze. (AP)

A somber caravan rolled down Centre Street in West Roxbury this morning as mourners on the sidewalks paid their respects to fallen firefighter Michael Kennedy.

Kennedy died alongside Lt. Edward Walsh in last week’s 9-alarm blaze at 298 Beacon Street in the Back Bay. Walsh was laid to rest yesterday.

Funeral services for Kennedy were held at the Holy Name Church in West Roxbury, where Rev. John Unni delivered the homily.

“He was a prankster,” Unni said. “He was a freewheeling spirit. he was always wanting to be there to help someone do the right thing. One guy said, he was genuinely a man for others.”

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David Scharfenberg, WBUR reporter. He tweets at @dscharfWBUR.

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