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August 29, 2013

Funeral to be held today for former Salem firefighter


Several ladder trucks and fire engines will take part in the procession. As a tribute along the route, a large American flag will be draped over crossed aerial ladders from Cambridge and Salem.

Last year, O’Boyle was honored in a ceremony at City Hall after returning from a tour of duty in Kunar Province in northeast Afghanistan, one of the deadliest regions along the border with Pakistan.

“We are happy we are getting you back safe and sound,” Mayor Kim Driscoll said to a small crowd that included O’Boyle’s mother.

In an interview after the ceremony, Staff Sgt. O’Boyle said he was a squad leader in a remote and mountainous region of Afghanistan where several members of his platoon had been wounded. He said he was one of the lucky ones.

“I walked away without a scratch,” he said.

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