Tragedy struck Wednesday, November 13, in Worcester as Worcester Fire Department Lt. Jason Menard lost his life battling an overnight fire.

The four alarm fire at 7 Stockholm Street started just before 1am, according to WMUR. The crew from Ladder 5 bravely battled the blaze as they searched for residents trapped inside.

Worcester Fire Department Chief Michael Lavoie said the crew from Ladder 5 were trapped by heavy fire on the third floor as they were searching for a baby they believed to be inside, WCVB reported, and Menard was killed while heroically saving his crew.

Three firefighters were injured, including one whose condition was listed as serious, the news station stated, and a resident of the building also suffered serious injuries.

WMUR reported that Menard leaves behind a wife and three children.

A hero’s sendoff is being planned now, and the Local 1009 has pledged to support his family for the rest of their lives, according to WCVB. The city is also planning a memorial fund that will be announced soon.

Salutes were held across the state, with flags being lowered to half staff, the news station added.

Sending all our love to Lt. Menard’s family and all the men and women who tirelessly and bravely serve our country.

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