WORCESTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Bagpipes echoed in Worcester, marking the two years since Lt. Jason Menard gave his life in the line of duty while fighting a house fire on November 13, 2019. On Saturday, firefighters and the Worcester community paid tribute to Menard after not being able to come together for his memorial last year due to the pandemic.
Firefighters marched from the College of the Holy Cross to the McKeon Road Fire Station, where Menard served on Ladder 5.
Acting Deputy Chief Adam Roche said that the delay made it much more important to come together this year. "His family really should be shown the dedication that he served the city with and the community's appreciation for that."
Menard was attempting to rescue a baby reportedly trapped on the third floor of the house fire on Stockholm Street. He helped two fellow firefighters escape the flames but did not get out of the burning home himself.
In March, Menard was posthumously awarded a Medal of Honor.
Menard was 39 years old at the time of his passing, a husband and a father of three.
WBZ's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports.