Fallen firefighter posthumously honored for heroics

March 8, 2020 GMT

WORCETER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts firefighter who died from injuries sustained in a fire will be posthumously honored with a national courage and valor award.

Lt. Jason Menard of the Worcester fire department was awarded the 2020 Ray Downey Courage & Valor Award for his efforts to save Firefighter Christopher Pace, the Telegram & Gazette reported Friday.

Pace was pushed out of a window and badly injured but survived the Nov. 13 fire.

The national award is named for Deputy Chief Ray Downey of the Fire Department of New York who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

The selection committee for the award includes members of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation; the National Fire Academy Alumni Association; Downey’s two sons; and representatives of Fire Engineering.

The award includes a Courage and Valor medal and $35,000.

The award will be presented at the Fire Department Instructors Convention in April.