By Anissa Gardizy
The City of Worcester, along with hundreds of firefighters, paramedics, and police officers, gathered to honor Fire Lieutenant Jason Menard at his funeral and burial in Worcester on Monday.
Menard died battling a four-alarm fire last Wednesday. Fire department officials credit the 39-year-old with saving the lives of two other firefighters while searching for a trapped child inside the three-family home.
One of the firefighters, Christopher Pace, remains in the hospital with 14 broken bones, including all ribs on his left side, and 2nd & 3rd degree burns, according to a GoFundMe page.
Menard’s death is the ninth line-of-duty death in the past 20 years for the Worcester Fire Department.
Less than a year ago, Firefighter Christopher Roy died while battling a five-alarm fire that prosecutors say was started intentionally.
On Dec. 3 the city will remember the 20th anniversary of the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Fire, which claimed the lives of six firefighters. In 2011, Firefighter Jon Davies Sr. died battling a house fire.
Menard leaves behind his wife, Tina, and three children. He died during his last shift before a planned trip to Disney.