- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - The Boston firefighters who died in a nine-alarm blaze at a city apartment building are being remembered for their professionalism on the job and their dedication to friends and family while off duty.

Lt. Edward Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy were killed in Wednesday’s fast-moving Back Bay blaze.

The 43-year-old Walsh looked like a prototypical firefighter.

City Councilor John Tobin says the father of three was 6-foot-4 or 6-5 and “out of central casting.” Tobin tells the Boston Herald “If you were to do a show on firefighters, (Walsh) would be your lead.” The pair met through their sons, who go to school together.

The 33-year-old Kennedy was Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq. He was remembered by friends for his sense of humor and his involvement in charitable activities.