Why Are Flags Lowered Today? November 13, 2019

In honor of Firefighter Lieutenant Jason Menard of Worcester Fire Dept.
Worcester Fire Department Lieutenant Jason Menard (WFD photo)

From the Office of Governor Charlie Baker:

Please be advised that as a mark of solemn respect for Firefighter Lieutenant Jason Menard of the Worcester Fire Department, who died tragically this morning, Wednesday, November 13, 2019, Massachusetts Governor Charles D. Baker has ordered that the United States of America flag and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings beginning immediately, until further notice.

This gubernatorial order applies to:

1.  The main or administration building of each public institution of the Commonwealth, e.g. town and city halls.

2.  Other state-owned or state-controlled buildings.

3.  All state military installations.

About Lieutenant Jason Menard (courtesy of Worcester Fire Department)

It is with a very heavy heart that Chief Michael Lavoie, City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. and Mayor Petty announce the devastating loss of Lt. Jason Menard, a member of the WFD since 2010 assigned to Ladder 5, Group 2 at McKeon Road Fire Station. Lt. Menard succumbed to his injuries battling a 4 alarm fire on Stockholm Street this morning, Wednesday, November 13.

He leaves behind his wife Tina, 3 children & parents.

It is an extremely difficult day for the Worcester Fire Department. Lt. Menard and his crew acted selflessly and heroically.

Please keep the family of Lt. Menard, his friends and crew in your thoughts and prayers.

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