WORCESTER, Mass. (WPRI) — Firefighters from across New England are paying their respects to fallen Worcester firefighter Jason Menard.
It was an incredible display of support on Sunday as hundreds of firefighters lined up at the Mercadante Funeral Home in Worcester where a wake was held for Menard.
The 39-year-old husband and father of three lost his life saving others from a house fire on Wednesday.
Several fire departments from Rhode Island, including Cranston, Providence and Warwick are preparing to say goodbye to their brother in red. They’ll be attending the funeral service Monday at Saint John’s Church in Worcester.
Members of the Cranston Fire Department are meeting at the Cranston Veterans Memorial Ice Rink to take a bus up to Worcester in the morning.
“They call it a firehouse for a reason, it’s a family. When we hear that someone passed, even so close as Worcester to as far as across the country, the station goes quiet. We all bow our heads an another brother or sister is lost, it’s tragic,” Cranston Fire Lt. Kevin O’Leary said.
The funeral service is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m.
Several groups are working to help Lt. Menard’s family during this tragic time. The Tunnels to Towers Foundation is stepping in to help his widow and three children live in their home mortgage free.
Donations are also being accepted on the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts Foundation’s website and can be mailed to:
Worcester Fire Department Credit Union
34 Glennie St.
Worcester, MA 01605
Checks should be made payable to PFFM Foundation c/o The Menard Children’s Fund