Jeremiah M. Lucey

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Jeremiah M. Lucey

  • Birth 2 Nov 1961
  • Death 3 Dec 1999 Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 46476600

Firefighter Jeremiah M. Lucey, 38, is remembered by family and friends as always smiling and a perfectionist in every way. A native of Worcester, he joined the Worcester Fire Department in 1991. He served with the Rescue Squad at the Central Street Fire Station and with the Mass Hazardous Materials Response Team. He was also a member of the Worcester Fire Department color guard.

Jerry was raised in the Main South area of Worcester. His parents remember a hard-working boy who was always willing to help whenever and wherever needed. When he was old enough, he took on a newspaper route and saved enough money to buy his first car - a 1970 banana yellow Plymouth Duster. As an adult, it was his Harley-Davidson motorcycle that Jerry most enjoyed getting around on. Among his greatest pleasures were spending time with his family, coaching his sons' soccer teams, scuba diving, fishing, camping, canoeing, and visits to the beach.

Jerry's five-year partner on the Fire Department, Paul LaRochelle, recalls that being a fire fighter wasn't just a job for Jerry. "He loved the camaraderie, the brotherhood and every aspect of the work, from helping people at all costs to participating in parades or standing guard at a colleague's funeral." Jerry leaves behind his wife, Michelle; two sons, Jeremiah III, age 11, and John, age 8; his parents, Jeremiah and Bridget Lucey; and a sister, Noreen Fabrycki.
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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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  • Originally Created by: AngelWings
  • Added: 9 Jan 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 46476600
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jeremiah M. Lucey (2 Nov 1961–3 Dec 1999), Find A Grave Memorial no. 46476600, citing Saint Johns Cemetery, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .