I have been awarded First Place for Best General News Photo in the 2008 Catholic Press Awards for my photo "Fallen Hero".

This marks the third straight year my work has been recognized by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada.

Thousands of firefighters from around the country line the street as fire engine bearing the casket of Paul Cahill is carried away from Holy Name Church in West Roxbury, Mass. Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley presided at the Sept. 6 funeral Mass for the fallen Boston firefighter. Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

The photo was part of my coverage of the funeral Mass of Boston Firefighter Paul Cahill who, along with Firefighter Warren Payne, died fighting a 2007 restaurant fire in West Roxbury, Mass.

Below is an audio slide show of the entire event.