A final goodbye to a fallen hero.
Firefighters from western Massachusetts and across the country gathered in Worcester Saturday morning to honor fallen firefighter Christopher Roy, who was killed in the line of duty.
The 36-year-old Shrewsbury resident died from injuries he suffered while trying to save lives and put out a fire on Lowell Street on the morning of December 9th.
Though the tragic incident happened in Worcester, firefighters told 22News the sense of respect and brotherhood they have for one another has no borders.
“We honor our fallen when one of us falls it’s a big family, I could be treated the same at any fire station in the country as I am at West Springfield,” said Art Williamson, District Vice President of the professional firefighters of Massachusetts.
A procession of hundreds of members of the Worcester Fire department marched to St.John’s Church where they were joined by many other firefighters from across the nation…including some from Western Massachusetts.
“Pretty much in any firehouse, at any given time, the same politics that’s being talked about in Worcester is being talked about in Springfield, and being talked about in San Francisco,” said Springfield Fire Commissioner B.J. Calvin. “Everybody is that close, it’s a lot of the same people, same personalities so it’s almost as if you know the person personally.”
Roy’s casket made its way from the funeral home on Fire Engine 5…the same truck he rode during his last call to Lowell Street. Before he was taken to his final resting place, firefighter Roy made one last stop in front of his station, fellow firefighters and gear.
“It’s unimaginable to think what Worcester has to go through. It’s just a pain they’ll always have,” said Williamson. “There’s guys who were on the job in 99 and this is now their 8th funeral.”
Roy leaves behind his 9-year-old daughter Ava. Williamson promised, “With the leadership of Worcester and the leadership of the state…we will make sure her family is taken care of going forward. Her father won’t be back but she will certainly have a huge family to take care of her going forward.”