Worcester honors firefighter who died saving crew from house fire last year


WORCESTER, Mass. (WPRI) — November 13, 2019 is a date that will stick with the men and women of the Worcester Fire Department for all of the wrong reasons.

It’s when Lt. Jason Menard, 39, died while battling a blaze in a three-family home on Stockholm Street. Fire officials said Menard helped his crew find a way out of the home to safety before the flames cut off his escape route.

“Jason Menard is the example of bravery, of courage, is the embodiment of heroism,” Lt. Michael Papagni said.

On the anniversary of his death, the fire department held a private ceremony to honor Mernard’s memory. While the ceremony was closed to the public, it was live streamed on the city’s website.

“Remember, he’ll always be with us in our hearts and minds and he’ll never be forgotten,” Chief Michael Lavoie said.

Menard was married with three children.

“We will always mourn with you,” City Manager Edward Augustus said to Mernard’s family during the ceremony. “We will never forget the man you called husband, a father, a son.”

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