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Press Release

For Immediate Release
March 27, 2014

Communications Office
(603) 271-2121

Governor Hassan Directs Flags to Be Lowered to Half-Staff Today in Honor of Boston Firefighters

CONCORD - Governor Maggie Hassan has directed flags to half-staff until sundown today, Thursday, March 27, in honor of Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy of the Boston Fire Department, who lost their lives during yesterday’s nine-alarm fire in Boston’s Back Bay.

"New Hampshire sends our thoughts and prayers to the family and loved ones of Lieutenant Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy of the Boston Fire Department and to everyone impacted by yesterday’s devastating fire in Boston. Lieutenant Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy bravely rushed into the flames and made the ultimate sacrifice to protect their fellow citizens, demonstrating a truly heroic commitment to public service. This moment is a tragic reminder that all of our first responders courageously risk their lives every day to ensure public safety, and we owe them a never-ending debt of gratitude."