Post by Pakachoag Phreek on Nov 13, 2019 9:32:25 GMT -5
A lieutenant in the Worcester Fire Dept died this morning when he and his crew became trapped on the third floor of a home on Stockholm St. (runs off Whipple St.; the south boundary of HC is on Whipple St.) while searching for a resident and a baby that was reportedly trapped. He was assigned to Ladder 5, on McKeon Rd.
Very sad and tragic! Too be soo young and leaving three young children. I hope that the HC community embraces the family and they are encouraged to participate in some HC activities. I noticed that the HC Club of Worcester is having a Christmas party in Hogan on December 14th. It maybe too soon for the family, but it would demonstrate HC’s commitment to the community if the kids were invited.
I have always had a concern regarding egress safety about the triple deckers that dominate the housing in Worcester.
I hope that HC students take heed regarding their choices if they plan on living off campus.
Last Edit: Nov 14, 2019 16:27:30 GMT -5 by Crucis#1
The Worcester Consortium colleges and universities should establish a fund, for the children of Worcester first responders killed in duty to the community. To do so, would allow the students to have an option regarding their educational pursuits and abilities.
IIRC, HC did offer free tuition, room, and board to the children of the six firefighters who died 20 years ago. Because of the large number, everything about that got more publiciity.
I do not recall anything similar for the children of the two firefighters who lost their lives between that tragedy and this one. In all fairness, I don't know if those firefighters had young kids or not. I was also more active in the national alumni board back then, and the I heard about the offer 20 years ago through that. I don't recall HC's offer to the six families being publicized..
Not sure if everyone is aware, Lt Menard, the firefighter who died, was stationed at the new fire station on McKeon Rd a few hundred yards from freshman field.
I agree that HC and the Consortium should help allay this family's concerns with some sort of offer. I wonder if the Commonwealth has a program at the state universities for children of public safety workers who die in the line of duty.
I read that a New York charity will pay off Lt. Menard's mortgage. Greg Hill on WEEI has raised north of $160,000 for the family. The fire department union will raise money as well. There will be workers' compensation survivor's benefits and a bit of research tells me that surviving spouse of a Massachusetts firefighter who dies in the line of duty gets an additional benefit of about $150,000. The children will receive Social Security benefits until they are 18.
I think that this family will be okay financially. Sadly, the loss is much greater than that which is measurable in dollars and cents. The more important things are the help with the kids, the long nights for the widow and the heartbreak involved. I am confident that Lt. Menard's friends and colleagues will help out there, too. We can all honor his legacy by being good neighbors to families in our own towns who need help.
Post by KY Crusader 75 on Nov 15, 2019 15:59:11 GMT -5
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross Athletics, in support of the Worcester Fire Department and fallen firefighter Lt. Jason Menard, announces the $5 for Ladder 5 ticket fundraiser for all home games Nov. 19-23.
In honor of Lt. Menard and in support of his family, a special $10 ticket is available for purchase for the Crusaders' six home events during the week of Nov. 18, with $5 of each ticket donated directly to the Menard Children's Fund. Tickets can be purchased now at goholycross.com/tickets, and will also be available at the Holy Cross Ticket Office on game day.
Nov. 19 | Men's Basketball vs. Northeastern (7 p.m.) Nov. 20 | Women's Basketball vs. Bryant (7 p.m.) Nov. 22 | Men's Basketball vs. Harvard (7 p.m.) Nov. 22 | Men's Hockey vs. Sacred Heart (7:30 p.m.) Nov. 23 | Football vs. Georgetown (12 p.m.) Nov. 23 | Women's Basketball vs. Merrimack (7 p.m.)
Menard - a firefighter at the Station of the Cross, Worcester's McKeon Road station that supports the College of the Holy Cross - died heroically early Wednesday morning battling a four-alarm fire. He leaves behind a wife and three children. Donations can be made now to the Menard Children's Fund.
I am sure that you have heard about the tragic death of Lt. Jason Menard of the Worcester Fire Department on Wednesday. Lt. Menard was assigned to Ladder 5 at the McKeon Road Fire Station at the base of our campus, and was killed in the line of duty as he helped two of his crew members out of a four-alarm house fire. One cannot imagine the loss felt by his wife and three children or by his fellow Worcester firefighters.
I visited the firehouse on McKeon Road on Wednesday afternoon with a small group of Holy Cross colleagues and offered our deepest condolences, prayers and support. We delivered trays of desserts to serve the many visitors to the station, and a group of Chaplains and students provided dinner at the station that evening. Members of our grounds crew visited the station as well, edging and mulching a garden that had been turned into a memorial to Lt. Menard.
Many of you have been asking what the College is doing in the coming days to support the Menard family, the firefighters assigned to the McKeon Road station, and those who were displaced by the fire that took Lt. Menard’s life. You have also asked what you can do to contribute or express your support.
Lt. Menard’s funeral procession will travel down McKeon Road on Monday after the 11 a.m. funeral mass. The Department of Public Safety and Holy Cross Navy ROTC students will line the road, and the SGA is coordinating a student effort to line the route. The College will be providing boxed lunches for the reception following the funeral, and the SGA is coordinating student volunteers to assemble those lunches on Monday morning.
On December 15, mass collections will be donated to the Menard family as well as the families displaced by the fire. The chaplains will also accept donations that any members of the community wish to add to the donation that will be made for Holy Cross. Those donations can be dropped off in Campion.
Athletics will be honoring Lt. Menard and supporting his family and fellow firefighters at home games over the next week. They are offering a ticket promotion in which a portion of the price of all tickets sold will be directly donated to the Menard Children’s Fund. They have also produced a banner that will hang in the Luth Athletic Complex next week for any member or friend of the Holy Cross community to sign with messages of support. The banner will be given to the McKeon Road station and the Menard family.
Finally, the College has pledged to cover tuition for Lt. Menard’s three children if they are admitted to Holy Cross.
I know that you join me in prayers of peace for the Menard family and for our Worcester firefighters as they mourn their immense loss. We honor Lt. Menard for his selfless heroism, and we ask God to bless all of our first responders as they put their lives in harm’s way each day to keep our communities safe.
May he rest in peace and his family find strength.
Far too many firefighters in Worcester are tragically dying in the line of duty.
Worcester Fire has to have lost more guys per capita than any dept nationally the last 20 years besides FDNY who had 300 guys murdered on 9-11.
Very sad when I saw this on the news.
About 70 firefighters perish annually in this country of 330,000,000 people. Worcester has a population of 181,000 and I'm assuming that, for the sake of argument, the WFD covers only the city of Worcester. Worcester has 0.055% of the US's population. 0.055% of 70 = .0385 expected firefighter deaths per year, or 1 in 26 years. Even figuring that cities hold more danger for firefighters (big buildings, chemical plant fires, etc) we can see that Worcester has been treated terribly by Hephaestus.....
From the little I saw on the national news after it happened, I believe the fire was described as being in a "3 family house" and looked like the old 3 floor houses ("triple decker") that were (are?) common in Worcester and I recall visiting my grandparents in theirs when I was about 5 years old (65+ years ago).
If many of these are still around, as I suspect they are, they are very old and probably not in good repair and suspect like in past fires that took firefighter lives, there are also a lot of abandoned warehouses and other commercial buildings that would be dangerous fire traps, more so than in most communities.