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.