Mass. FD mourns death of 21-year veteran firefighter

The department announced his death in a statement, but did not give a cause


By Aviva Luttrell
MassLive.com, Springfield, Mass.

WORCESTER, Mass. — A Worcester Fire lieutenant and 21-year veteran of the department died Saturday morning, the city said in a statement.

Lt. John R. Kennedy of Rescue 1 Group 2 was a longtime member of the Dive Rescue and Special Operations teams, as well as the MA State District 3 Hazmat Team, according to the Worcester Fire Department. He was also an instructor at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy in Stow.

Lt. John R. Kennedy of Rescue 1 Group 2 was a longtime member of the Dive Rescue and Special Operations teams, as well as the MA State District 3 Hazmat Team. (Photo/Worcester Fire Department)
Lt. John R. Kennedy of Rescue 1 Group 2 was a longtime member of the Dive Rescue and Special Operations teams, as well as the MA State District 3 Hazmat Team. (Photo/Worcester Fire Department)

The department announced his death in a statement Saturday but did not give a cause.

 

Chief Lavoie and the Worcester Fire Department regrets to announce the death of Active Lt. John R. Kennedy of Rescue 1...

Posted by Worcester Fire Department on Saturday, July 20, 2019

“The thoughts and prayers of our department are with his son Sean and girlfriend Heather,” the statement read. “The department has no further details at this time."

City Manager Edward M. Augustus also offered his condolences to Kennedy’s family, Fire Chief Michael Lavoie and members of the department.

“I ask that you keep all in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” Augustus said in the statement.

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