Lt. Jason Menard Bio, Wiki
Lt. Jason Menard, 39, was killed saving two of his firefighter colleagues from a house fire in Worcester, Massachusetts. He freed the two crew members, including newlywed Chris Pace, from the raging inferno but then got trapped on the third floor himself.
A #Worcester firefighter was killed in an overnight fire.
He has been identified as
Lt. Jason Menard.
Worcester Fire Chief Lavoie:
“Our city has suffered an unimaginable loss with the death of Fire Lieutenant Jason Menard.” pic.twitter.com/7lh94ITtcM
— Boston 25 News (@boston25) November 13, 2019
Lt. Jason Menard Age
He was 39 years old.
Lt. Jason Menard Wife
He was married to his wife Tina.
Lt. Jason Menard Children
He has three children
Lt. Jason Menard Career
Menard was with the department since 2010.
Lt. Jason Menard Death
This is Firefighter Chris Pace. His family says Lt. Jason Menard pushed him out of a window, saving his life, while battling a fire in Worcester. Pace is in the hosptial w/ a collapsed lung, broken ribs & serious burns.
A hero’s sacrifice. We will all remember Lt. Menard ?? pic.twitter.com/O1bGfJ6zox
— Amaka Ubaka (@AmakaUbakaTV) November 14, 2019
The fire broke out on Stockholm Street in Worcester around 1 am Wednesday. When firefighters arrived at the scene, a woman and a baby were trapped in the building; They were released, but two crew members were trapped on the third floor. Menard threw Pace through a third-floor window saving his life and led another colleague to the stairs to leave.
The sending audio of the scanner obtained by MassLive revealed the horror inside the building.
“The caller declares that there is fire on the second floor, people still inside and also a baby on the third floor,” a dispatcher is heard saying.
Then someone says: ‘Go in there and search and rescue.’
The voices of the firemen are heard screaming and at 1.30 in the morning a call from the crew was sent on the third floor.
A fireman says: “It’s very hot here.”
Another adds: “We need a ladder up here now.”
The fireman replies: “We are sending a team to pick you up.”
Almost an hour after the fire, a crew member says: “We are still missing a member.”
Worcester fire chief Michael Lavoie said strong winds hindered efforts to reach Menard. He was finally located and taken to the hospital, but died there.
The #ZakimBridge glowed red overnight in honor of fallen hero, Lt. Jason Menard, who gave his life while saving two of his @WorcesterFD teammates from a burning home. https://t.co/VDSavgOTKp pic.twitter.com/iANm94VypV
— WCVB-TV Boston (@WCVB) November 14, 2019
Three colleagues, including Pace, were also taken to the hospital; two were discharged, but Pace remains there.
Pace, who has been in the apartment for 18 months and married two months ago, was left with a collapsed lung, eight broken ribs, 13 fractures and third degree burns throughout the body.
We are extremely saddened to hear of the passing of @WorcesterFire Lt. Jason Menard. We will be fundraising for the Menard Family and matching all donations up to $15,000. Please consider making a donation to support the Menard Family. @GregHillWEEI https://t.co/Nb7bfLFpU8 pic.twitter.com/Z0M9Fkt2L3
— Greg Hill Foundation (@GHillFoundation) November 13, 2019
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Lieutenant Jason Menard, 39, died while saving two of his fellow firefighters from a house fire in Worcester, Massachusetts
- The fire broke out in a house on Stockholm Street in Worcester around 1 a.m.
- When firefighters arrived at the scene, a woman and a baby were trapped in the building; two of the crew were trapped on the third floor
- Menard helped a test firefighter to the stairs and then returned to rescue another trapped firefighter, helping him out the window.
- Menard, who had been in the department since 2010, was pronounced dead at the hospital.
- Menard had been planning a trip to Disney World with his family after his Wednesday shift ended
- The American Red Cross said up to 15 people were displaced from the fire, which is still under investigation.