KENNEDY, Michael Ryan (BFD Ladder 15) From injuries sustained in the line of duty fighting a 9 Alarm Fire, with Engine 33, in Bostons Back Bay, March 26, 2014. Born in Boston on October 11, 1980. Age 33. Served honorably for 6-½ years in the U.S. Marine Corps earning the rank of Sgt., Combat Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Be-loved son of Paul Kennedy of Holbrook and Kathy Crosby-Bell and her husband William Bell of Cohasset. Devoted grandson of Christine Crosby of Plymouth and the late Robert Crosby, and Michael and Mary Ellen Kennedy. Survived by the love of his life, Sarah Wessmann of Dorchester. Michael was nephew and godson to Maureen Kennedy Donovan and Jim Donovan. He was the beloved cousin and positive influence on the Kennedy cousins, J’aime Kennedy Donovan, Davin Kennedy, and the late Brendan Kennedy. Step-brother of Matthew DElia, Douglas Bell, Janice Fry, Amy Laliberte, Jeff Bell, Christopher Bell, Melinda, Eliana, and Tomas Crosby-Bell. Michael was a Big Brother to Alex Beauzile through the Big Brother Program. Also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Michael was appointed to the Boston Fire Dept. Nov. 5, 2007 and formerly worked on Ladder 2, East Boston. Member of the American Infidels Veterans Motorcycle Club. He worked as a fundraiser for Wounded Warriors and for the Boston Firefighters Burn Foundation, and was a certified cross fit trainer. Attended Johnson & Wales Culinary Institute and used these talents to feed brother firefighters.
Sgt. Robert William Richards, USMC (Ret.), 28, of St. Petersburg died on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014, at his home in Jacksonville, North Carolina. A native of St. Petersburg, he was born on February 25, 1986, at Bayfront Medical Center. He graduated from Florida Air Academy in Melbourne, Florida, in 2004. In January 2007, Robert enlisted in the USMC and faithfully served for six-and-a-half years, serving in three combat deployments in Afghanistan in support Operation Enduring Freedom. Throughout his career, Robert served with the Scout Sniper Platoon, and in 2009 earned the official title of Scout Sniper. During his military career, he was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation, two Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with four stars, as well as numerous other unit and personal awards. He is described by his fellow Marines as a selfless leader, a dedicated Marine, and a faithful friend. He is his mother’s hero. He married the love of his life, Raechel, in 2007. Sgt. Richards is survived by his wife, Raechel; his mother, Cate Richards; his maternal grandparents, Col. Bill Collins, U.S. Army (Ret.) and Ann Collins; his paternal grandmother, M.D. Richards; his mother and father-in-law, R. Edward and Jan W. Bradford; and many uncles, aunts and cousins. Preceding him in death are his father, Dean Turner Richards; his paternal grandfather, Robert L. Richards, who both served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Sgt. Stephen W. Jackel Jr 6/22/1979 – 1/3/2018 Sgt Jackel joined the military in 2008 and was deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, receiving a Purple Heart and earning a Presidential Valorous Unit Award. On Aug. 23, 2011, Jackel and his team were injured when their RG-31 ran over an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Jackel was knocked out, and would suffer a brain injury from the blast, in addition to both of his legs needing to be amputated below the knee and several injuries from shrapnel. When Jackel came to, he realized he and his unit was trapped in the burning vehicle. Using his own severed leg, Jackel beat back the flames around him and cleared a path to get out of the vehicle, then helped the rest of his team escape. He would be medically retired from the military in 2013. With two prosthetic legs, he continued to skydive, rappel and climb mountains. He was an Ambassador for 22KILL, a patch member of American Infidels Veterans Motorcycle Club and a leader in the veteran community. He is survived by his wife Adrianna and their six children.