A nine-alarm fire killed two firefighters in the Back Bay Wednesday.
Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh Jr., 43, of West Roxbury and Michael R. Kennedy, 33, of Hyde Park sent out a mayday call from the basement of the emblazened building, indicating they were trapped. Both firefighters were assigned to Engine 33, Ladder 15 on Boylston Street.
Here are some ways to help the families of the fallen firefighters:
1. The Greg Hill Foundation Beneficiary Firefighters of the Beacon Street Fire, started by WAAF radio’s morning host Greg Hill, has raised more than $50,000 with the help of more than 700 donors.
2. The Boston Firefighters Credit Union has established a Lieutenant Walsh—Firefighter Kennedy memorial fund that accepts both cash and credit card donations.
3. The goal of The Boston Firefighter’s Burn Foundation is to “ease the suffering and hardship of burn victims and their families.” Firefighter Michael Kennedy served on the board of the organization, according to MassLive.com.
4. An Indiogogo campaign has been started by Eastie Boston and Blythe Berents to raise funds. The campaign, named Fallen Heroes of Beacon Street Fire, will also donate some of the money raised to the 13 other firefighters who were injured in Wednesday’s fire.