Tom Brady praised local emergency officials for being "the real heroes." (Chris Condon/Getty Images)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady talked to WEEI Boston on Thursday morning about the deadly fire in the Back Bay neighborhood of the city that ripped through a home on Wednesday two doors down from where he and wife Gisele Bundchen live and killed two local firefighters.
Speaking on the Dennis and Callahan Show, the two-time Super Bowl MVP said it's a moment like yesterday when he watched firsthand -- as tweeted in a picture from The Boston Herald -- local and state emergency officials risk their lives that makes him realize "who the real heroes are in this world."
"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. It’s the people that work hard to protect our lives and protect our safety and our freedoms in America — certainly the firefighters and Boston Police and the state troopers. I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart."
The fire ultimately killed Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh Jr. and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, and Brady took to Facebook Wednesday night after the blaze to express his condolences:
On behalf of my entire family, I want to extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to the Boston Fire Department and the families of our brave and selfless firefighters who gave their lives for our protection and safety today, and to the entire firefighting community who protect us each and every day. All of you will be in our thoughts and prayers.
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