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Firefighters gather in West Roxbury for funeral of Michael Kennedy

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BOSTON (AP) - Thousands of mourners gathered to remember a 33-year-old Boston firefighter and former Marine killed in an apartment blaze as a caring man whose selflessness went beyond his professional life.

Family members and friends recalled Michael Kennedy's humor, love and competitiveness Thursday and spoke of his volunteer work with burn victims and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Firefighters from around the country lined the streets and bagpipers played as they did a day earlier for Lt. Edward Walsh, who died with Kennedy on March 26.

Boston leaders including Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Gov. Deval Patrick attended the service in the West Roxbury neighborhood where Kennedy grew up. The mayor said Kennedy's values and influence on others can bring hope to those who mourn him.

Kennedy was being buried in a cemetery plot dedicated to fallen firefighters.

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