A Massachusetts firefighter has died a hero after rescuing two of his colleagues from a burning home.
Lt. Jason Menard, 39, and his crew became trapped on the top floor of the three-story home after the fire was reported at about 1 a.m., Worcester Fire Chief Michael Lavoie told a news conference.
Menard threw Pace out of a third story window saving his life and guided another colleague to the stairs to get out.
Pace's sister-in-law Tiffany Hansmar told WCVB5 : 'He will always be our hero. And we're very thankful.
'Without him (Menard) Chris would not be here. 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 been planning to take his family to Disney World on vacation once his shift ended Wednesday, Fox News reported.
Lt. Menard’s body was later brought to the medical examiner’s office in Boston with a police procession down the Massachusetts Turnpike. A similar procession brought him back to Worcester in the afternoon.