WORCESTER, Mass. — The City of Worcester has announced the funeral services as well as a memorial fund that has been established for fallen fire Lieutenant Jason Menard, who died Wednesday morning while saving his crew from a burning home.
Menard has been received by the Mercadante Funeral Home on 370 Plantation Street, where preparations are underway for his final tribute.
Calling hours will be held at Mercadante Funeral Home on Sunday, Nov. 17 from 3-7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church, 44 Temple Street, following a private family procession from the funeral home.
Those attending the funeral are asked to go directly to the church.
Burial will immediately follow the funeral where Menard will be laid to rest at St. John's Cemetery, Cambridge Street.
Information regarding traffic patterns, street closures and more will be released when available.
Menard, who is remembered for having a "true passion for the job" leaves behind a wife and three children.
Donations are now being accepted through the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts Foundation. One hundred percent of the donations collected will go directly to Menard's family.
Donations can be made online here or mailed to:
Worcester Fire Department Credit Union
34 Glennie Street, Worcester, MA 01605
Checks should be made payable to: PFFM Foundation c/o The Menard Children's Fund.
A New York City charity, Tunnel to Towers, is also stepping up to help support the Menard family by raising money to pay off the Menard family's mortgage.
You can donate here.
On Thursday night, people could be seen coming through Ladder 5 to say a couple of prayers.
"I wanted to come to say I'm sorry and I wish I could have done more," said Lisa McShane.
McShane, who lives just around the corner from Stockholm Street, where the 4-alarm fire happened, said she watched it all unfold.
"We didn't know the enormity of what we saw until the next day, we saw a firefighter come out of the building, we heard he was on the ground and then his peers and his heroes came and carried him out front," said McShane.
Like many others, McShane wanted to stop by and thank Lt. Menard for his heroism and everything he's done for the community.
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