Boston Firefighter Daniel MacAuley and four of his colleagues drove eight hours — some making the lengthy road trip after completing an overnight shift — to pay their respects to fallen Philadelphia Fire Lt. Matthew LeTourneau at a viewing Thursday evening at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.
MacAuley, attired in white gloves and a dress uniform as he waited in a line that wrapped around the block, said Philadelphia firefighters have shown unflagging support for Boston. “It’s important for us to show the exact same support.”
Shawn Duffy, a firefighter from Buffalo, N.Y., said it was a simple matter of solidarity: “We’re all one family, no matter what city you’re from.”