Thousands of firefighters paid their final respects to fallen Worcester Fire Lt. Jason Menard at his funeral Monday morning. Menard died Wednesday while saving his crew from a burning home. He was just 39 years old. He leaves behind a wife and three children. Funeral services were at St. John’s Catholic Church on Temple Street in Worcester. A private burial took place at St. John’s Cemetery on Cambridge Street.
“After marrying Tina, becoming a father three times, his next best day was becoming a lieutenant,” said Fr. Walter Riley at the funeral. “The sacrifice of Lt. Jason Menard fully answers the question can anything good come from Worcester. Not only is the answer to this question, yes, but his life and his saving actions for fellow firefighters, it takes that yes to its highest form. Because in the words of the good teacher from Nazareth, there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,” Riley said.
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Mourners gathered Monday to pay final respects to a hero.
Worcester Firefighter Lt. Jason Menard died in the line of duty on Nov. 13 while responding to a four-alarm fire on Stockholm Street in Worcester. Officials say Menard led one firefighter back to the stairs and pushed another out a window, saving his life, as the flames engulfed the three-decker home that had become an inferno. The 39-year-old Menard leaves behind a wife, Tina, and their three children. The family was scheduled to leave for a vacation at Disney World on the day Menard was killed.
Thousands of firefighters marched from the Mercadante Funeral Home & Chapel on Plantation Street to St. John’s Church in Worcester Monday to honor Menard.
Town Meeting members approved eight of nine articles regarding town finances on Monday night with relatively little fanfare, but the evening's business was overshadowed by a surprise retirement ceremony for Fire Chief Kevin Breen. Breen was honored by Town Meeting for his 43 years of service to the Swampscott Fire Department, which kicked off with a video featuring remarks from his wife, Leslie, Gov. Charlie Baker and Select Board chairman Peter Spellios, and concluded with a standing ovation from those in attendance.
While surrounded by family members, his fellow firefighters and his successor, Capt. Graham Archer, Breen was presented with citations from state Sen. Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn) and the state senate and was gifted with an engraved chair from the town of Swampscott, which included his years of service from 1976 to 2019.
Dozens of Lawrence residents have been affected by a gas leak, according to city and Columbia Gas officials.
Officials said an independent, private contractor struck a marked, low-pressure gas line on Florence Avenue around 11:45 a.m. Monday. Firefighters and utility crews responded to the scene and four nearby buildings were evacuated, according to Columbia Gas.
Lawrence Fire Chief Brian Moriarty said no injuries or fires resulted from the gas leak.
Columbia Gas said electricity and gas service was turned off in the affected area, which includes 53 homes, according to Moriarty.
Electricity service has been restored but gas service remains shut down at this time. A temporary warming center has been set up at Arlington Middle School, which is at 150 Arlington St.
Crews with Columbia Gas are working to fix the damaged line, but repairs were expected to last between and six and 12 hours as of 2:30 p.m. Monday.
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An electrical malfunction is eyed as the cause of an early morning fire at 38 Rutledge Ave. that displaced one tenant, a fire official said.
Capt. Brian Tetreault of the Springfield Fire Department said one resident, a 49-year-old man, suffered a minor injury in the fire. Embers landed on his foot while he tried to put out the fire in the ceiling before firefighters arrived. He declined medical care. The fire was confined to the ceiling in the kitchen in the third-floor apartment.
The Western Massachusetts chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the third-floor resident. The lower floors were not affected by the fire, and residents on the first and second floors were allowed to remain.
The total cost of damage was around $5,000, Tetreault said.
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