Massachusetts firefighter Lt. Jason Menard, 39, died Wednesday after saving two of his colleagues trapped in a house fire where they were attempting to rescue a woman and baby.
The fire broke out around 1 a.m. in Worchester. When firefighters got onto the scene the woman and baby were trapped on the third floor, but after they were freed two firefighters were trapped in the flames. Menard entered the fire to help them, but he couldn’t get out himself after throwing one out the window and pushing the other to safety.
Winds prevented other firefighters from getting to Menard in time. He was eventually rescued and taken to the hospital, but died of his injuries there.
“Without him (Menard) Chris would not be here,” the sister-in-law of one of the firefighters Menard saved said. He would not be here with his son. He would not be here with my sister who’s expecting her second. So, it’s hard.”
Menard had planned to leave on a trip to Disney World with his family after his shift Wednesday.
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