A 39-year-old firefighter lieutenant was killed in the line of duty while he was saving other firefighters. He was killed just hours before he scheduled to leave on a Disney vacation with his family.
As the fire devoured a three-story home in Worcester, Massachusetts, early Wednesday morning, Nov. 13, a distress call came from the top floor. Lt. Jason Menard and his two-man crew were trapped as they searched for a possible baby, FOX 13 News reported.
The nine-year department veteran helped the two members of his crew escape but couldn’t save himself.
“Lieutenant Menard heroically and selflessly saved his crew, helping a probationary firefighter to the stairs and then returning to rescue another trapped firefighter, assisting him out the window,” Worcester Fire Chief Michael Lavoie said.
Menard and three other firefighters were taken to the hospital. Menard was declared dead, one was listed in serious condition, and two others were treated and released from the hospital.
The baby was unharmed, while the female resident, was transported to the emergency room with serious injuries, officials said, TODAY Parents reported.
Menard leaves behind a wife and three children, Lavoie said.
The Menard family was planning to go on a Disney vacation after his shift, but now they are instead planning a hero’s sendoff, Michael Papagni, president of the city firefighters’ union said.