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Tom Brady gives praise, offers condolences to Boston firefighters


Patriots quarterback Tom Brady witnessed Wednesday’s nine-alarm fire in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood and the firefighters’ efforts to rescue those affected.

Two Boston firefighters — 43-year-old Lt. Edward J. Walsh, Jr. and 33-year-old Michael R. Kennedy — perished in the line of duty in the Back Bay blaze.

In an interview with WEEI 93.7 FM on Thursday morning, Brady expressed his condolences for the loss of the firefighters and his gratitude for the bravery of those who battled the fire.

“I feel so badly for the families of the two firefighters that were lost, and obviously all of the men that were associated with fighting that fire yesterday losing one of their close friends,” said Brady, a Back Bay resident.

“We as athletes think that we’re heroes, but when you witness firsthand what I saw yesterday, you realize who the real heroes are in this world, and that’s the people that work hard to protect our lives and protect our safety and our freedoms in America, and certainly the firefighters and Boston police and the state troopers.

“So I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

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29 Responses to “Tom Brady gives praise, offers condolences to Boston firefighters”
  1. colv says: Mar 27, 2014 10:10 AM

    Good on you Tom. You are right, our firefighters along with our police and military risk their lives everyday.

  2. mfinsrule says: Mar 27, 2014 10:15 AM

    I hate Tom Brady a little less after this.

  3. nygmann says: Mar 27, 2014 10:40 AM

    Very classy guy.

  4. ijahru says: Mar 27, 2014 11:22 AM

    Very cool

  5. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 27, 2014 11:22 AM

    Yeah I saw a bit of this on TV with one of the firefighters rescuing somebody off a ledge on a ladder just as the top face of the building fell over and luckily missing them. These firefighters should get a pay raise, I think they aren’t being compensated fairly relative to the risks they take and the importance of the job they do. The economic system in this country is in complete disarray.

  6. d2jump says: Mar 27, 2014 11:41 AM

    Well said, Tom Brady. Class act.

  7. bostonbadass says: Mar 27, 2014 1:05 PM

    All you classless idiots that gave a thumbs down need to seek help god for bid you need firefighters some day. Instead you let the hate of Tom win win win Brady force you to disrespect the gratitude all should have for what these men & women do for us daily. ..
    Get a clue..

    Thanks Tom as always a class act.

  8. goodguyattorney says: Mar 27, 2014 1:05 PM

    I HATE HATE HATE Tom Brady the football player. Not so much Tom Brady the guy. Which I really think is a good thing.

  9. titusyoungslegalcounsel says: Mar 27, 2014 1:17 PM

    Yes Brady said what everyone else in the entire world would have said….

  10. realheroeswearcamo says: Mar 27, 2014 1:32 PM

    Big difference between “would have said” and “did say”.

    Tom Brady stepped over to the classy side of that distinction. Way to go Tom!

  11. footballtalk1 says: Mar 27, 2014 1:48 PM

    First responders are the true heroes. Football players are overrated divas. Pay should be switched with police fire and EMS

  12. lolatpatshaters says: Mar 27, 2014 1:53 PM

    “We as athletes think that we’re heroes, but when you witness firsthand what I saw yesterday, you realize who the real heroes are in this world, and that’s the people that work hard to protect our lives and protect our safety and our freedoms in America, and certainly the firefighters and Boston police and the state troopers.

    …. and doctors/nurses and anyone else who makes sacrifices to serve others.

    Spot on Tom. He has the right perspective on who the real heroes. And it ain’t pro athletes.

  13. sidepull says: Mar 27, 2014 2:09 PM

    Yea kinda make the hero worship ray lewis throws upon himself look very small minded.

  14. distracted9 says: Mar 27, 2014 2:14 PM

    What a class act.. I actually didn’t really meet him but was around him one night at a casino for about 2 hours while he was playing dice.. He was very respectful and gracious.. tipped very well and didn’t act at all like he was better than anyone. Much cooler than most that’s for sure.

  15. patriotsarespygaters says: Mar 27, 2014 2:17 PM

    Brady is Class….Patriot haters are truly just jealous because they cant honestly say their team can win the chip every year brady is 40-11 vs NFC incase u want to bring up tha AFC EAST….

  16. bearshaterseverywhere says: Mar 27, 2014 2:47 PM

    Tom Brady is easily the best QB in the NFL, currently. Drew Brees is next and then most definitely Aaron Rodgers. Yes, Peyton Manning is overrated and doesn’t belong in the top 5.

  17. castleanthrax says: Mar 27, 2014 2:51 PM

    Considering this happened about two doors from his pad I’m sure it hit closer to home as well.

    There is a pic in the local press here where you can see him witnessing the firefight and he has a grave look on his face.

    Nine alarm fire…

    When everyone else heads out they head in.

    RIP Lt. Edward Walsh and Michael Kennedy.

  18. j0esixpack says: Mar 27, 2014 2:56 PM

    Almost overlooked – Brady said “We as athletes think we’re heros…”

    Brady would never assert he’s a hero for throwing a football – but he didn’t want to call out others, so just lumped himself in with the group

    That wind yesterday really fanned those flames – tough for Brady or anyone else not to get choked up realizing that two guys didn’t come back out

  19. seaeagle707 says: Mar 27, 2014 3:53 PM

    A lot of people “think” such thoughts, but a guy with an available platform, said them. Very decent thing to say.

    My I.D. alone tells you I’m no Pats fan. But this isn’t about football. Its about life and losing it tragically. My sympathies as well to the co-workers and families of the deceased.

  20. castleanthrax says: Mar 27, 2014 4:06 PM

    Suaimhneas síoraí do d’anam

    ‘May you rest in peace’

  21. dicknh says: Mar 27, 2014 4:42 PM

    Tommy has always been a class act, even when it’s a non-football situation. He shows his honest character here, praising the true heroes who suffered the ultimate sacrifice.

    R.I.P. Edward Walsh & Michael Kennedy…God Bless You & Keep You !

  22. jahmic says: Mar 27, 2014 4:53 PM

    I am not at all a Patriots fan, but this is bigger than football. Tell me, these people down voting this, where is your civility, your respect?

    Just give some support.

  23. patsfan1820 says: Mar 27, 2014 5:04 PM

    Respect goes out to the Boston firefighters. And Tom was spot on with what he said as well.

  24. cometkazie says: Mar 27, 2014 5:30 PM

    Well done all y’all who know what the right values are in the long run!

  25. Moudabo says: Mar 27, 2014 5:39 PM

    Not a Pats fan, but well said Tom, well said.
    The courage and ultimate sacrifice of these firefighters certainly puts life into perspective.
    May they RIP

  26. joejacks says: Mar 27, 2014 6:21 PM

    Brady is a good dude. A firery competitor and sympathetic and worldly person. Rest of NFL please take note.

  27. golfsox78 says: Mar 27, 2014 6:29 PM

    It doesn’t matter what team you cheer for or what players you like or don’t like. We are all brothers and sisters. It is easier to tear down then it is to build up and be there for one another. I take solace in knowing there are men and women out there that will run into flames to rescue me or my family. I don’t go to work everyday with the slightest chance of not coming home. These hero’s do. May their families find comfort during this time.

  28. nygmann says: Mar 27, 2014 6:48 PM

    About the only thing more classy than what Tom Brady said is the replies in this story. OI have never given thumbs up to so many replies before. Great job everyone — minus the one entry. Although I don’t know if Peyton Manning is overrated…lol. I gave that one neither thumbs up or down. But that reply is right about Tom Brady though.

  29. ideabook2014 says: Mar 28, 2014 1:32 PM

    As we said in the Infantry ‘when your dead your just dead’. Fighting for your country is in a class all by itself. Protecting people like police and firemen do, EMT’s, all public servants, are always underpaid and over worked. Doing your duty and serving your country is something many do. As Brady noted, those who protect do it everyday. At high risk.

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