Firefighters, citizens attend wake for Lt. Edward Walsh in Watertown

Watertown, Massachusetts -- 04/1/2014-- Firefighters wait in line to attend a wake for Lt. Edward J. Walsh Jr. at St. Patrick's Church in Watertown, Massachusetts April 1, 2014. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Topic: Walsh_wake05
Firefighters waited in line to attend the wake for Lt. Edward J. Walsh Jr. at St. Patrick's Church in Watertown.
The Boston Globe

The wake for fallen Boston firefighter Lt. Edward J. Walsh Jr. was held at St. Patrick’s Church in Watertown. Walsh died with another firefighter in a Back Bay blaze last week.

Boston firefighters surrounded the church as Walsh’s casket was carried inside earlier today.

The Boston Globe reports:

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Firefighters in dress uniforms lined Main Street leading to St. Patrick's Church, standing shoulder to shoulder. The patches on their uniforms showed they hailed from farflung places, including New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas. Marching in close ranks, they made their way through a hushed crowd into the church.

According to WBZ-TV, 1,000 Boston firefighters and 4,000 first responders from around the country were in attendance.

An estimated 1,000 Boston Firefighters and 4,000 other first responders from across the nation attended the wake. A Boston Fire official said due to the number of mourners, the wake will likely last until midnight.

WBZ-TV Reporter Jim Armstrong tweeted:

WHDH-TV’s Jennifer Eagan tweeted this image showing the firefighters lined in front of the church:

Walsh’s wake is scheduled to continue until 8 p.m. this evening. His funeral is at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Patrick’s Church.