A fire at a Boston residence Wednesday took the lives of two of the firefighters who attempted to battle the blaze.
Present while the fire engulfed the Back Bay brownstone building was New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who has a house in the neighborhood.
"I can't express my gratitude and thanks enough to all the first responders and people that were there fighting that fire all night last night.
"I had a first-hand view of all the action and was just blown away by the bravery, the teamwork that they displayed," the three-time Super Bowl winner explained in an interview Thursday.
Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh Jr. and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy lost their lives after becoming trapped in the basement of the Beacon Street apartment building.
And Brady was in awe of the sacrifices made by those involved:
"I feel so badly for the families of the two firefighters that were lost and obviously all the men that were fighting that fire yesterday losing one of their close friends," Brady said.
"We as athletes think we're heroes, but when you witness first-hand what we saw yesterday you realize who the real heroes are in this world.
"It's the people that work hard to protect our lives and protect our safety ... certainly the firefighters and Boston police and the state troopers.
I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart."
Thirteen other firefighters were left injured after responding to the 911 call.
As yet the cause of the blaze is unknown but it is thought that the high winds yesterday in Boston contributed to it's rapid escalation.
Our sympathies go to the families of those who were killed yesterday, and we echo Brady's sentiments.