Deadly Worcester fire a reminder of dangers firefighters face every day


The Worcester Fire Department is mourning the loss of one of their brothers, and the city is remembering a son, father, and friend who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Thirty-six-year-old Christopher Roy of Shrewsbury died from injuries he suffered while trying to put out a fire on on Lowell Street in Worcester Sunday morning. 

Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty said Roy, who was with the department for 2 and half years, died doing what he always wanted to do, helping people and saving lives. 

December has proven to be a devastating month for Worcester firefighters, as they’ve seen multiple deaths during this month over the last two decades. 

Cold weather during the winter months can make this job even more dangerous.

22News spoke with the West Springfield Fire Department about the dangers they face every day on the job. 

“Our equipment keeps us alive in atmospheres where one breath could kill the person but if our equipment malfunctions we don’t wear it properly we could be killed or injured also,” said Lt. Dennis Foley.

Foley told 22News he hopes this incident will be eye-opening and help people make safer choices when it comes to fire hazards in their homes. 

He also said the best thing you can do in a fire is close all doors to keep the flames from spreading as quickly. 

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