The city of Worcester is in a state of mourning that’s all too familiar.
With heavy hearts on Wednesday morning, Worcester Fire Chief Michael Lavoie announced that Fire Lt. Jason Menard had died fighting a 4-alarm fire overnight. Lavoie called 39-year-old Menard, a husband and father of three, a hero.
Menard was planning to take a trip to Disney with his family on Wednesday. Instead, family, friends and firefighters now must plan a hero’s sendoff for the fallen jake.
Ladder 5, to which Menard was assigned, arrived at the scene just before 1 a.m. and found heavy fire conditions on the second floor, extending to the third floor, of a three-decker at 7 Stockholm St. Four alarms were quickly struck, Lavoie said.
“Lt. Menard heroically and selflessly saved his crew, helping a probationary firefighter to the stairs and then returning to rescue another trapped firefighter, assisting him out the window. Fire conditions overtook the third floor at this time and Lt. Menard was unable to escape,” Lavoie said.
Menard succumbed to his injuries. Three other firefighters were taken to the hospital. Two of the firefighters have been released and the third is in serious, but stable condition, Lavoie said.
After joining the Worcester Fire Department in 2010, Menard was promoted to lieutenant on Oct. 9, 2018. He was assigned to Ladder 5, Group 2 at the McKeon Road Fire Station.
Menard, 39, leaves his wife, Tina, their three children, and his parents.
Fire departments, law enforcement and officials started to offer condolences to the family and to firefighters.
“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,” Congressman James McGovern wrote in a statement. “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.”
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