Boston Firefighter's Wedding Band Found in Ashes

With her husband's casket feet away, Kristen Walsh put the ring on her finger.


 

Boston's first woman firefighter made the find of a lifetime amid the ashes Tuesday evening.

Sifting through the rubble of a brownstone where two colleagues met their fate, Patricia Kenneally Donovan found the wedding band of Lt. Eddie Walsh.

For hours, Donovan and others had been on their hands and knees search through the charred remains looking for the ring

“I’ve got it!” she yelled just before 6 p.m.

In Watertown, Walsh's widow, Kristen, was about to greet family, friends and hundreds of firefighters during a wake for her husband.

Soon, there was a convoy of fire vehicles heading toward Watertown, where the visitation was being held, The Boston Globe reported.

While two firefighters announced the find to the throng of grieving firefighters gathering outside St. Patrick's Church, Walsh's fellow colleagues from Engine 33 and Ladder 15 streamed upstairs and approached the widow.

District Chief Richard Magee leaned down and handed her the ring which she slipped on her finger.