Rockport resident and on-call firefighter David Somers had a day off last Friday.
But he chose not to celebrate.
Instead, he took the commuter rail to Boston to attend a City Hall Plaza service that paid tribute to Boston firefighters Lt. Ed Walsh and Michael Kennedy, 33, the two men who perished in the horrific fire last week in the city’s Back Bay section. And he made a visit to the Engine 33/Ladder 15 fire station where both men were based, located on Boylston Street and just some three blocks from the site of last year’s Boston Marathon bombings.
While there, Somers left a show of support of his own — a Rockport firefighter’s patch, which he added in lieu of flowers to the touching memorial display outside the station.
“I wanted to pay my respects, and I noticed there had been patches, T-shirts, all sorts of things left from other departments and other towns,” he said. “So I left it just as a means of showing our support. We’re all with them, all thinking about them, and it was just something I wanted to do.”