Naturally, much of the focus of the morning show today was on yesterday's tragic Back Bay fire, in which two brave lives were lost. FF Michael R. Kennedy and Lt. Ed Walsh of the Boston Fire Department died fighting a horrific fire at 298 Beacon St. There were also 13 other firefighters injured battling the blaze. The conditions were awful... (not that they are ever "prime" for a fire) with blowing wind gusts and frigid temperatures. Not to mention the fact that the guys couldn't get water into the basement. We spoke at length today about what happened yesterday.
The Greg HIll Foundation collected donations this morning, and will be matching donations up to $10,000 apiece for the families of the deceased firefighters. If you would like to donate, please do so at this link.
Ed Kelly, the President of Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, and Richie Paris, President of Local 718, joined the Hill-man Morning Show today to discuss what happened. If you'd like to listen to what they had to say, you can link to the podcast here.
One of the big discussions we had this morning was whether or not it was appropriate for television stations to show live footage of firefighters giving compressions to one of their own on a stretcher, trying to save him. I am going to write a separate post about that. Leave me a comment below and let me know your thoughts on the issue.
Blog list image and blog photo: Boston Firefighters Local 718