- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Deval Patrick has visited the home station of the two Boston firefighters killed battling an apartment building blaze.

Patrick said Thursday after visiting Engine 33/Ladder 15 that he wanted to express “my admiration and my thanks” to the friends and colleagues of Lt. Edward Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy.

They died fighting a wind-whipped blaze at a Back Bay brownstone on Wednesday.

Patrick called their deaths “an unspeakably sad loss.”

He said their colleagues are commiserating together and telling funny stories about their fallen friends as any family would do.

Patrick called Walsh, a father of three, “a quintessential family man” who “lived his whole life as a leader.”

Kennedy, the governor said, responded to last year’s marathon bombings and had applied to run this year’s race.

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