Fireman's Lot, Forest Hills, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Credit: Richard Heath
Forest Hills Cemetery, where the snow stays white and there are no arguments over space savers, remains a refuge during this historic winter. Someone even cleared a path to the Fireman's Lot, where most recently Firefighter Michael Kennedy was laid to rest. If you’d like to visit to pay your respects, the Fireman’s Lot is on a bee-line between the Walk Hill Street gate and Lake Hibiscus. It’s marked by the letter “Q” on this map ( PDF.)
The annual Firefighters Memorial Service at Forest Hills Cemetery was especially poignant this year, as the 121st remembrance focused on the firefighters who died this March in a Back Bay blaze. The service was held Sunday morning at the Fireman's Lot, a section of the garden cemetery set aside for Boston Firefighters killed in the line of duty. This year's ceremony, naturally, focused on the lives of Firefighter Michael Kennedy and Lt. Ed Walsh. Kennedy is buried in the Fireman's Lot while Walsh's family chose a family plot in the lieutenant's native Watertown. If you missed the ceremony but would like to visit to pay your respects, the Fireman’s Lot is on a bee-line between the Walk Hill Street gate and Lake Hibiscus.
The remains of Firefighter Michael Kennedy rest near those of 15 other Boston firefighters who died in the line of duty and are buried in the Fireman's Lot at Forest Hills Cemetery. Kennedy perished in last week's nine-alarm blaze at a Back Bay brownstone. It has been a week of mourning in Boston as thousands of firefighters from across the country came to honor Kennedy and Lt. Ed Walsh. While Walsh's family picked a burial plot in his native Watertown, Kennedy's family chose the Fireman's Lot. The city of Boston bought the lot in December 1857.
The whole city is mourning the deaths of Lt. Ed Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy, who lost their lives battling a fire in Back Bay on Wednesday. In Jamaica Plain, a memorial has been set up at the Soldier's Monument where Centre meets South streets. If you'd like to make a donation to help the Walsh and Kennedy families, please follow this link.