Boston firefighters stand at attention to honor Lt. Kevin Kelley, killed on duty five years ago today.

On January 9, 2009, a Boston fire crew’s ladder truck suffered a catastrophic mechanical failure returning from a call on Mission Hill. Boston fire Lieutenant Kevin Kelley died after the truck slammed into a building on Huntington Ave. It is hard to believe that five years have passed. Here is a photo of the very solemn moments after Lt. Kelley’s colleagues recovered him from the rubble. Needless to say it was a very difficult photo to snap at the time. There was not a dry eye in the area at that moment.

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