Cherry Tree and Shrine Dedicated as a Reminder of Fallen Boston Firefighters

From Firehouse

A cherry tree at 298 Beacon Street was dedicated to the fallen firefighters.

As a crowd gathered Thursday outside 298 Beacon St. in the Back Bay, the wind blew — just as it did on the March day five years ago when it fueled a nine-alarm blaze that tore through the brownstone, killing Firefighter Michael Kennedy of Ladder Co. 15 and Lt. Edward Walsh of Engine Co. 33.

But Thursday, the breeze showered their fellow firefighters, neighborhood residents and officials with tiny, pink petals from a cherry tree they had come to dedicate to the men’s memories on the spot where another tree had burned to the ground.

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