Battle of the Badges Hockey Game benefits family of fallen Worcester firefighter

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Police and Fire Departments met for a hockey game Saturday evening meant to honor a Worcester firefighter who died saving lives during a fire earlier this month.

Fans who watched the Battle of the Badges Hockey Game at the MassMutual Center, answered the call to donate to the family left behind by the death of Worcester Fire Department Lt. Jason Menard.

A donation table was set up in the concourse, with a collection boot being passed around the arena.

One Westfield resident donated to the fund by helping fill the boot.

“It was such a terrible, terrible story, you know especially trying to save a child,” Les Pooler told 22News. “He helped a fellow firefighter escape and then the next day or that day after his shift, he was suppose to leave for Florida for a Disney vacation….it just breaks your breaks your heart.”

A portion of the Springfield Thunderbird’s 50-50 raffle at Saturday night’s game will also go to the memorial fund.

A memorial fire department salute to Lt. Menard greeted fans as they made their way into the MassMutual Center.

Firefighters won the Battle of the Badges Hockey Game 8 to 2.

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