Lt. Jason J. Menard died in the line of duty on November 13, 2019, while searching for reported trapped residents during a three-alarm fire in his hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts. Lt. Menard was able to get his crew to safety, but he succumbed to his injuries, and we lost an amazing man. A loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend.
Jason loved the job and went to work each day with a smile on his face. Joining the Worcester Fire Department in October 2010 was a dream come true for him. Early in his fire service career, he spent time on Ladder 6, Engine 11, and finally on Engine 4, the city’s busiest engine, his dream truck with his dream crew. He was hardworking, driven, and eager to learn and was known to ask to do drills. He was constantly looking for ways to better himself. All that carried over with him when he was promoted to lieutenant in October 2018 and assigned to Ladder 5. A true leader, he gave his crew 100% and even then always had training and drilling on his mind. He was never more excited than when a green shield was headed to his truck. Jason was a great teacher and would take all the time you needed to make sure you understood what he was teaching you. The passion he had for the job and the role he worked hard to achieve was demonstrated by his actions on every shift. “No days off,” he’d say.
A true believer in family first, he could always be found in the front row, whether it was a dance recital, track meets, softball, or basketball games. He was a great firefighter but an even better dad and husband. Watching him be a dad was very special. He took the time to make each one of us feel just how loved we were. He loved spending time with the kids outside, biking, yard work, playing in the dirt. His favorite family trips were beach trips and camping trips. Jason knew how to make people laugh and had an incredible sense of humor. He was one of the most loyal and positive people you could ever meet. He cherished every moment he had with his family and friends
Jason was taken from us far too soon and way too young. He is deeply missed each moment of every day. We will always remember his unforgettable laughter and that famous smirk of his. His memory will live on with his family and friends who loved him more than he could ever know. Especially his wife Tina, and their kids, Joshua, Hailee, and Morgan.
Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure,
you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.
Firefighter Christopher J. Roy, age 36, of the Worcester Fire Department, died on December 9, 2018, while becoming trapped in a five-alarm structure fire.
While responding to a call on July 4th 1955, the firetruck was struck by a police vehicle also responding to a call. Charles Frost and Francis LaForce were two firefighters on the back of the truck that were seriously injured and died the next day.
While responding to a call on July 4th 1955, the firetruck was struck by a police vehicle also responding to a call. Francis LaForce and Charles Frost were two firefighters on the back of the truck that were seriously injured and died the next day.
Firefighter Jon D. Davies Sr.‚ 43‚ answered his final alarm in the early morning hours of December 8‚ 2011‚ in service to his department and his community‚ in search of a civilian who was reported missing and known to have been in the building at the time of the fire. Minutes after entry‚ a catastrophic failure of the foundation caused the rear of the structure to collapse.
Jon’s dedication to service has been richly passed to his three sons. Jon D. Davies Jr.‚ 23‚ was recently appointed to the Worcester Fire Department‚ serves in the Massachusetts Air National Guard as a senior airman‚ and completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2011. Airman First Class Michael L. Davies‚ 20‚ also serves in the Massachusetts Air National Guard. Jon’s youngest son‚ Adam J. Davies‚ is 14. Jon’s love of family and life is celebrated by those who knew him well. His larger than life smile was equaled only by his devotion to his family and friends. Jon was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed boating‚ fishing‚ hunting‚ and scuba diving‚ which he enthusiastically shared with his sons. His zest for life was never as rewarding as when he spent time with his friends and family enjoying laughter and camaraderie. Jon also enjoyed his Harley-Davidson and the freedom of the road.
Firefighter Jon D. Davies Sr.‚ a 17-year veteran of the Worcester Fire Department‚ was appointed in April 1994. His fire service career started on Engine 8 and brought him to Engines 1&7‚ Ladder 1 and finally Rescue 1. Jon also served the Worcester Fire Department as a master diver and member of the scuba /dive team and was a member of the Technical Rescue Task Force. Firefighter Davies’ love of life was transparent and shaped his fire service career as well. He was always willing to mentor a fellow firefighter and share his knowledge and enthusiasm for the job. His large frame‚ produced by his dedication to weightlifting‚ was perfectly suited to his demeanor. A bull of a man‚ Jon was a tireless worker‚ especially at a fire scene‚ but his compassion was even more outstanding and made him known as a ‘Big Teddy Bear’ to his family and friends.
Thomas E. Spencer‚ 42‚ a 21-year veteran of the Worcester Fire Department‚ died in the December 3‚ 1999‚ warehouse fire‚ while searching for two trapped firefighters. Five other firefighters also died in this incident. A life-long Worcester resident‚ he was involved in many church and community youth activities‚ including scouting‚ soccer and Little League. His brother is also a member of the Worcester department.
Paul A. Brotherton‚ 41‚ a 16-year veteran of the Worcester Fire Department‚ died on December 3‚ 1999‚ after he and another firefighter became trapped while conducting search and rescue and fire operations in a cold storage warehouse fire. Five other firefighters died in the same incident. An Air Force veteran‚ Brotherton worked part-time as a carpenter.
Timothy P. Jackson‚ 51‚ a 27-year veteran of the Worcester Fire Department‚ died in the December 3‚ 1999‚ warehouse fire‚ while searching for two trapped firefighters. Five other firefighters also died in this incident. A U. S. Army Vietnam veteran‚ Jackson had received many commendations including a Bronze Star‚ an Army Commendation Medal‚ and a Purple Heart. A member of the Harley-Davidson Owners Group and the Red Knights Motorcycle Club‚ he frequently rode to Washington‚ D. C. for Vietnam veterans’ rallies.
Jeremiah M. Lucey‚ 38‚ a nine-year veteran of the Worcester Fire Department‚ died on December 3‚ 1999‚ after being trapped while conducting search and rescue and fire operations in a cold storage warehouse fire. Five other firefighters also died in this incident. Lucey was a member of the Worcester Fire Department Honor Guard and the Massachusetts Hazardous Waste Material Team. He also worked part-time at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy.
James F. Lyons‚ III‚ 34‚ a member of the Worcester Fire Department‚ died in the December 3‚ 1999‚ warehouse fire‚ while searching for two trapped firefighters. Five other firefighters also died in this incident. A former member of the Massachusetts State Police‚ Lyons held a master’s degree in Criminal Justice. He worked as a volunteer in the Why Me program for young cancer patients.