Firefighters Hunt Ruins, Find Lost Ring for Widow

Boston crew fulfills a promise after last week's deadly blaze

By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 2, 2014 4:16 PM CDT

(Newser) – The widow of one of the two Boston firefighters killed in last week's deadly fire had only one request of his fellow firefighters: Find his wedding ring. And as Kevin Cullen of the Boston Globe reports, they somehow did just that in the ruins of the Back Bay blaze. A crew went to the spot where the body of Eddie Walsh had been pulled from the fire and began sifting through the debris and ashes in a seemingly futile task. That is until one of the searchers yelled out, "I've got it!" A convoy then delivered it to widow Kristen Walsh—who was in church at her husband's wake at the time. She "took the ring and slid it on her finger," writes Cullen. "It was big, real big, but it fit in all the ways that matter." Click for the full story.

Firefighters salute as Kristen Walsh watches the casket of her late husband, Edward Walsh, is lifted onto Engine 33 in Watertown, Mass., Wednesday.
Firefighters salute as Kristen Walsh watches the casket of her late husband, Edward Walsh, is lifted onto Engine 33 in Watertown, Mass., Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
This combination made with undated photos shows firefighters Michael R. Kennedy, left, and Lt. Edward J. Walsh, who were killed in last week's fire.
This combination made with undated photos shows firefighters Michael R. Kennedy, left, and Lt. Edward J. Walsh, who were killed in last week's fire.   (AP Photo/Boston Fire Department)
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