COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- "You could tell that they were in trouble right from the get-go, it sounded bad."
Lt. Craig Weinbaum with East Naples Golden Gate Fire Rescue said he watched as firefighters in Boston battled a massive 9-alarm fire just last week.
"Any firefighter that was either listening or watching on the news, I was just glued to tv and I actually had it online listening to the dispatch," said Lt. Weinbaum.
Two Boston firefighters died. Now just days later, Lt. Weinbaum and other Collier County firefighters including Tony Palermo, also from East Naples, and Lt. Jeff Morse from North Naples are in Boston paying their respects to Lt. Edward Walsh and Michael Kennedy.
"As soon as I saw it happen, I knew I wanted to go."
A sea of blue, this new photo obtained by WINK News was taken during Walsh's wake on Tuesday.
"Being a fire fighter, it's a brotherhood that transcends geographical boundaries, it doesn't matter. One dies we all feel it."
These deaths hit especially close for Weinbaum, having grown up less than 20 miles from Boston.
"Boston firefighters were the firefighters I looked up to as firefighters because those were the ones I saw," said Lt. Weinbaum. "It's going to be overwhelming, it's gonna you know bring up a slew of emotions that every firefighter can picture."
The Associated Press is reporting firefighters representing all 50 states are expected to be in Boston to attend the funerals.