By Tiffany Williams –
The city of Worcester has over the years seen it’s share of tragedy with firefighters and it seems like that tragedy strikes just around the end of the year.
Just as we approach the 20th anniversary of the deaths of six Worcester firefighters, on Wednesday morning Worcester Fire Lieutenant Jason Menard was killed in the line of duty while saving two other firefighters.
The fire at 7 Stockholm St. started just about 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning and just before 2:00 a.m. elevated to a four-alarm fire.
There was a report of a baby trapped on the third floor where Lieutenant Jason Menard and his crew were able to gain entry but Chief Michael Lavoie said, “Ladder five became trapped by heavy fire conditions.”
Chief Michael Lavoie also said, “Lieutenant Menard heroically and selflessly saved his crew.”
In December 2011, firefighter Jon Davies Sr. died while battling a house fire and just less than a year ago Worcester firefighter Christopher Roy died while also battling a structure fire.
Lieutenant Menard was supposed to be in Disney World today with his family but now sadly, today his family is in a state of grief over his loss as they came to Mercadante Funeral Home.
39-year-old, Lieutenant Menard was a husband, a father and a nine-year veteran firefighter with the city of Worcester.
Along with family and friends, fellow firefighters from around the country and city officials including Mayor Joe Petty and Chief Michael Lavoie were also at Mercadante Funeral Home on Sunday.
On Monday a funeral Mass is scheduled for St. John’s Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. followed by private burial.
Worcester Police say that on Monday, beginning at 7:30 a.m. there will be road closures and that those closures are expected to last until the conclusion of the service at St. John’s Catholic Church.
The closures expected will include:
- Washington Square along with all roads leading into the square
- · Lower Grafton Street at the 290 on and off ramps
- · Temple Street
- · Green Street along with all roads leading into Green Street (Ashe Street, Temple Street, Plymouth Street, Harrison Street, Winter Street, Goddard Street, Gold Street, Madison Street)
- · Harding Street will only be open from Winter Street to Kelley Square
Beginning at 2:00 AM Monday morning there will be no parkig on Green Street and Temple Street.
Back at 7 Stockholm St., about 15 residents were displaced and the cause of the fire is not yet known.