|Birth: ||Apr. 8, 1965|
|Death: ||Dec. 3, 1999|
Firefighter James F. "Jay" Lyons III, 34, is remembered as a young man who lived by his dreams and dedicated himself to all those who were part of them. He joined the Worcester Fire Department in 1987 immediately after graduating from Clark University. Four years later, he decided to broaden his career in public service and joined the Massachusetts State Police. This was just another testament to his desire and commitment to protecting the lives of others.
In 1996, he returned to the job he always loved among the ranks of the Worcester Fire Department stationed at Grove Street, Engine 3. He challenged his goals and lived his endeavors to the fullest. He ran road races for charities, reached out to those in need, and spent his spare time bringing joy to his sick younger cousin he loved so much.
Jay also pursued other lifelong ambitions. He traveled around the country on another love, his motorcycle. He also returned to his ancestral roots with a visit to Ireland with his family. All the while, he remained focused on his job. He had recently placed fifth on the lieutenants' exam and was awaiting promotion. His most recent quest as a fire fighter was to become a proud member of the Worcester Bagpipe Brigade.
A loving son, brother, friend and comrade to many, Jay will he remembered in life not for all he accomplished, but for who he was. He is survived by his parents, James F. and Joan Lyons.
"He was a gentle, loving boy. He was a hero here, and he was a hero the day he was born."
— Mr. James F. Lyons, Jay's father
On December 3, 1999, the vacant, six-story Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. building in Worcester, Massachusetts, was set ablaze by two homeless people knocking a lighted candle into a pile of ragged clothes.
The Worcester Fire Department responded at 6:13 p.m. to Box Alarm 1438.
The Rescue 1 team of Firefighter Paul Brotherton and Firefighter Jerry Lucey entered the building searching for occupants. Fire conditions worsened in the building at an alarmingly unexpected rate. Paul and Jerry, on the fifth floor, became disoriented in the smoke-filled building. Lost, and running low on air, they called for help. Several teams began searching for the lost fire fighters. Two teams reaching the fifth floor also found themselves disoriented in the smoke and trapped by the maze of interior walls — Lieutenant Tom Spencer and Firefighter Tim Jackson from Ladder 2, and Firefighter Jay Lyons and Firefighter Joe McGuirk from Engine 3. Though many more brave fire fighters attempted to locate their missing brothers, their efforts proved futile.
Six heroes died that night — their last alarm. May they always be remembered.
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Saint Johns Cemetery
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Record added: Sep 17, 2010
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