A public viewing will be held this afternoon for fallen Worcester Fire Lt. Jason Menard, who died in the line of duty last Wednesday.
Calling hours on Sunday will be from 3 to 7 p.m. at Mercadante Funeral Home in Worcester.
Lt. Menard, 39, died while responding to a four-alarm house fire after he and two other firefighters became trapped on the third floor of the Stockholm St. building while they were searching for a person and baby reportedly trapped.
Menard “heroically and selflessly saved his crew” by helping a probationary firefighter to the stairs and then returning to rescue another trapped firefighter, Chris Page, who he helped out of a third-story window, according to Fire Chief Michael Lavoie. Menard, who leaves behind a wife and three children, was unable to escape.
While Page is still recovering from his injuries in the hospital, Page’s brother spoke with NBC10 Boston.
“It hit everybody all at once as soon as we heard it. It was just the same as losing a family member,” Dan Page said. “No matter how well we know him or not, we knew the relationship with him and Chris, and it’s just as hard.”
Lt. Menard’s funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday at St. John’s Church, followed by his burial at St. John’s Cemetery.
The investigation continues into what caused the fast-moving fire in an apartment building at 7 Stockholm St. early Wednesday.
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