It was a greeting fit for a hero.
On Thursday, after the untimely deaths of two firefighters in Boston, members of the Massachusetts Port Authority's Fire Department stood by at Logan Airport to meet the family of one of their fallen comrades, CBS Boston reported. In a photo from the scene, captured by a bystander, firefighters wait at the airport gate for the arrival of Lt. Edward Walsh's family.
The striking display illustrates a strong show of support for the family members of the 43-year-old firefighter. JetBlue flew in Walsh's mother-in-law and several of his relatives Thursday night, WCVB-TV reports.
Walsh was one of two Boston firefighters who perished while battling a blaze in the city Wednesday. After the news broke that Walsh and 33-year-old Michael Kennedy died, there was a flood of support for the families of the fallen, including a memorial fund in the firefighters' names, according to Fox 25.
"In difficult times like these, I am so proud to be mayor of a city that comes together to help our neighbors in need," Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said in a statement. "Since yesterday's tragic events, we've experienced an outpouring of support from across the city, state, and country. So many people have expressed a willingness to help, in some way, as we grieve the loss of Lieutenant Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy."
Memorial services for Walsh and Kennedy are set to take place next week.