Jason James Menard, Lieutenant

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In the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 13, 2019, Lieutenant Jason Menard and his crew responded to a multi-residential structure fire, with heavy smoke coming from the building. The fire grew to four alarms and, at one point, firefighters issued a mayday call from the third floor.  Lieutenant Menard and other firefighters became trapped by heavy fire conditions.  He helped two firefighters escape the blaze, but the fire quickly worsened and Lieutenant Menard was unable to flee and succumbed to his injuries.  Three other firefighters were taken to the hospital.  Two of the firefighters have been released and the third is in serious condition.

Department information

Worcester Fire Department
141 Grove ST
Worcester, Massachusetts 01605

Chief: Michael J. Lavoie

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 39
Rank: Lieutenant
Classification: Career
Incident date: November 13, 2019 01:00
Date of death: November 13, 2019
Cause of death: Caught or Trapped
Nature of death: Unknown
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential