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Tow Truck Drivers Form a 3-Mile-Long Line to Honor Boy Who Drowned

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After 6-year-old Brayden Kelly drowned, his parents hoped a few tow trucks — something that Brayden loved — would drive by during his service. Instead, drivers from all over, including some from as far away as Maine, descended on the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester to fulfill the parents’ wish.

More than 200 tow trucks lined a street in South Boston for little Brayden’s wake. The tot said he wanted to be a tow truck driver, so it was only fitting that this was his send-off.

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“It was great, it was unbelievable,” William O’Connor, a family friend of the Kellys, told CBS Boston. “Traffic was backed up for it, and a lot of people didn’t know what it was for, so they were getting antsy at the red lights, and then I ran over and told them what it was for and then they calmed down, but it was real nice.”

The day was not only emotional for the family members, but also for the big burly tow truck drivers who shed a few tears thinking about their own kids.

“His family had a lot of ties to towing and they asked for some tow trucks to show up so we got a bunch of guys together,” David Duff, one of the drivers and the owner of a towing company, told CBS Boston. “We put the word out, we started getting as many trucks as we could together and we just really wanted to put some sunshine on a horrific day.”

Drivers signed a stuffed truck for Brayden, and the Boston Police Department put his name on the door of their tow truck. Both groups flashed their lights when they passed the funeral home where Brayden’s wake was.

“If the family could be just a little bit happy and maybe thinking about this when they go to sleep tonight, instead of what they have to deal with. That’s really what it’s all about,” Duff said.

While nothing can dull the pain of losing a child, we applaud all the drivers who went out of their way to give Brayden something truly special.

h/t WCVB 5

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