WORCESTER - Worcester firefighter Chris Pace was injured in the four-alarm fire late last week that took the life of Lt. Jason Menard. Since being hospitalized for 2nd and 3rd degree burns as well as more than a dozen broken bones, a GoFundMe Page set up for Pace has managed to collect over $17k in donations.

"Firefighter Pace has been with the Worcester Fire Department since June 2018, prior to this Chris  served his country in the  Army and had been deployed to Kuwait. Chris continues to serve in the Army National Guard.  Firefighter Pace was recently married in September 2019, and he and his wife, Melissa; are the proud parents of a one year old and have another child due in the Spring," the GoFundMe page shared.

As reported by Masslive, Helen and Scott Holt organized the page for Pace and his family while he recovers from his injuries.

“We continue to be amazed and so thankful for the outpouring of support for the Pace Family, Thank You,” the Holts stated on the page.

Adding, “Please continue to share the GoFundMe link wherever you can so that we can support this family the best way we can right now by easing any financial burdens they may have or incur due to these unfortunate circumstances.”

Pace sustained injuries after being pushed out of a third floor window by Lt. Jason Menard who saved Pace from the fire on Stockholm Street. Menard also saved a woman and her child from the house fire.

“He’s being treated very well by extraordinary people,” Deputy Chief Martin Dyer shared of Pace’s recovery. “His wife is with him and is a pillar of strength.”

Sadly, Lt. Jason Menard did not make it out alive. The 39-year-old hero leaves behind a wife and three children. He will be laid to rest on Monday following his funeral at St. John’s Catholic Church in Worcester.

Through the department, Pace and his family has issued a statement "to acknowledge and thank all the support and well wishes they have received from the community over the last three days.”

Image Via Wikimedia Commons