WORCESTER, Mass. (WPRI) — It’s been 20 years since six Worcester firefighters lost their lives while battling a raging warehouse fire that tore through an abandoned building.
Lt. Thomas Spencer, Lt. James Lyons, Paul Brotherton, Timothy Jackson, Jeremiah Lucey and Joseph McGuirk lost their lives looking for homeless people believed to be inside the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. building — but never made it out.
Hundreds of firefighters — both current and retired — gathered at the Franklin Street fire station to mark the anniversary of that tragic evening.
Worcester Fire Chief Michael Lavoie said he wants to make sure their sacrifices are never forgotten.
“All of these unseens — the passion, dedication, loving, caring, friendship and brotherhood, were on full display that night,” Lavoie said. “We love you, we miss you and we will never forget you.”
Actor Denis Leary — a Worcester native — attended the ceremony to remember the fallen, some of which he knew personally.
Lucey was Leary’s cousin, and Spencer was a childhood friend.
“We have never forgotten these brave men, and the ultimate sacrifice they made 20 years ago,” he said.