- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine’s flags are at half-staff to honor Boston firefighters who died in the line of duty.

Gov. Paul LePage issued the order to lower the state flags on all public buildings and grounds on Thursday.

Two firefighters, Lt. Edward Walsh Jr. and Michael Kennedy, died while fighting a wind-stoked fire last week on Beacon Street. A funeral Mass was held Thursday for Walsh and Kennedy was being laid to rest Thursday.

LePage said Mainers “grieve with the families” of the firefighters and recognize all who “dedicate themselves to protecting and safeguarding Americans every day.”

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