The events of the past several days remind us of the dangers faced regularly by our emergency services personnel.
In Boston, two firefighters died while responding to a fire at an apartment building. Lt. Edward Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy rushed into the burning apartment building believing there were people trapped, and were sadly overcome by fast-moving flames.
Yesterday, a police officer in Johnson City, New York, in the Binghamton area, was killed during a struggle with a man acting in a deranged and violent manner. Officer David Smith was a veteran police officer was attacked as he responded and shot with his own gun following a struggle.
Reports note that Walsh and Kennedy were well-liked and respected in the Boston fire services, and active in the community. Smith was also a popular and respected officer in his department and area.
We join in mourning the passing of Lt. Walsh, firefighter Kennedy and Officer Smith. And we also pause to remember the service, and the daily dangers faced by our fire, police and emergency personnel.