WORCESTER, Mass. (WWLP-WBTS) – Officials have confirmed a firefighter has died while putting out a house fire in Worcester early Wednesday morning.
Worcester Fire Lt. Jason Menard was killed while working to put out a fire at a triple decker home on Stockholm Street.
Lt. Jason Menard helped two members of his crew escape the flames… but he was unable to get out.
Lt. Menard is third Worcester firefighter to make the ultimate sacrifice since December 1999, when six firefighters were killed in the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse.
Worcester Fire Chief Michael Lavoie announced in a news conference that Lt. Jason Menard and three other firefighters were taken to UMass Medical Center with injuries. Menard passed away at the hospital, two have been released and a third is in serious, but stable condition.
The Worcester Fire Department’s fire investigation unit, Worcester Police Department and State Fire Marshals are actively looking into the cause of the fire.
Congressman James P. McGovern released the following statement:
“I am heartbroken over the passing of Lieutenant Jason Menard. This is already a difficult time of year for the City of Worcester and the Worcester Fire Department. I offer my deepest condolences to his wife Tina, his three children, Chief Lavoie, and Lieutenant Menard’s fellow firefighters.
“Every day, our firefighters put their lives on the line to keep our families and communities safe. Lieutenant Menard’s dedication to the people of Worcester, and his heroic and selfless efforts to save the lives of his fellow firefighters, will never be forgotten.”
NBC Boston reported the fire started around 1:00 a.m. at a triple-decker home on Stockholm Street in Worcester. It is not clear at this time just how many residents are in the hospital, or how serious their injuries are.
“It’s absolutely tragic, it’s horrible to hear it every year, year after year and to remember the heroic men that do this job and I don’t think they get enough appreciation,” Worcester resident Matthew Styckiewicz.
Lt. Menard leaves behind a wife…three children and his parents.
He was supposed to leave for vacation Wednesday morning with his family.
“As they had planned this morning to be on a trip to disney, they are now instead planning a hero’s send off,” President of Worcester Firefighters local Michael Papagni said.
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