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Tom Brady witnesses deadly Boston fire, expresses gratitude for firefighters

 Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots in action against the Denver Broncos during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado
Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots in action against the Denver Broncos during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was not just a star athlete on Wednesday, he was a citizen who witnessed firsthand the courage and heroism displayed by the Boston Fire Department as they battled the deadly nine-alarm blaze in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood that took the lives of two firefighters. As the Boston Herald reports on March 27, Brady took time to express both his admiration and gratitude towards those who risk their lives for the safety of others.

Brady called WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan show on Thursday morning to pay his respects and give his account of what happened, as he is also a resident in the Back Bay, living just four doors down from the fire.

“I can’t express my gratitude and thanks enough to all the first-responders and the people that were there fighting that fire all night last night. I had a firsthand view of all the action and was just blown away by the bravery and the teamwork that they really displayed.”

Brady went on to express his sympathy for the families of the two firefighters all the men who were involved in fighting the deadly blaze. On the field he is the hero to some fans, but yesterday’s blaze reminded him of the “real heroes” of life.

“We as athletes think that we’re heroes, but when you witness firsthand what I saw yesterday, you realize who the real heroes are in this world. And that’s the people that work hard to protect our lives and protect our safety, our freedoms in America, certainly the firefighters and Boston Police and the state troopers.”

Tom Brady expressed his complete gratitude and gave thanks to the “real heroes,” emotionally admiring what it really takes to be a first respondent. The Patriots quarterback just recently returned from vacation and has been working out at Gillette Stadium. Yesterday’s event reinforced the importance of teamwork and showed the true value of bravery.

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