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BOSTON (CBS) – With a police escort and salutes from fellow first responders, the body of Firefighter Michael Kennedy was escorted behind his own Ladder 15, seven miles to a West Roxbury funeral home.

“It hits home, you don’t think you go to work and not come home. You realize how they put their life in danger everyday,” said a Boston Medical Center nurse who came out to watch the procession along Albany Street.

Crowds waved flags to honor the procession when it reached West Roxbury. It was the firefighters’ way of saying he’s not alone on this leg of the journey that began Wednesday when a windswept fire claimed his life.

The tragic ending touching many hearts. “They’re here so quickly it’s unbelievable. They’re always there for us and now we need to be there for them,” said another bystander.

Firefighters escort body of Michael Kennedy to funeral home. (WBZ-TV) Firefighters escort body of Michael Kennedy to funeral home…

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