Chris was a firefighter for the Worcester Fire Department in Worcester, Massachusetts, for 2½ years before his tragic death occurred on December 9, 2018. He was 36 years old. He was dedicated to his work as a firefighter and trained for special operations and technical rescue, which he excelled in. Chris became so good in such a short period of time; his fellow firefighters could not be prouder of him.
Chris lost his life after he became trapped and suffered smoke inhalation. The fire was determined to be intentionally set, and his death was ruled a homicide. The person who set the fire has been charged with 2nd degree murder. The case is ongoing.
Chris was passionate about family and a true friend to many, but he lived and loved above all his daughter Ava, who was nine when he died. Chris was a single dad. His love for Ava was beyond words. He would move heaven and earth for Ava to be sure she had everything and to experience life to its fullest. They would go on trips to Disneyland, Myrtle Beach, and beaches along the New England coast, as well as simply enjoying a beautiful day together on “road trips.” Chris was a big man at 6’5″ and 250 pounds. It was truly a gift to see him and Ava side by side holding hands and laughing.
He worked construction as a second job to be able to buy a home in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, to ensure Ava would have an excellent education. Chris instilled in her to be strong, loving, and compassionate and to enjoy life to its fullest, just as he did. His sense of humor was definitely a gift to Ava as well. She is exactly what he wanted her to be. He would be very proud. His legacy lives on through his “little Munchkin” Ava.
Chris will forever be missed and loved by Ava; his parents, Ron and Michele; his brother, Jason, his wife, Jennifer, and their daughter, Ashlynn; and many, many friends.