Daughter of fallen Worcester FF accepts posthumous Medal of Honor

Ava Roy, 10, accepted the award in honor of her father, Firefighter Christopher Roy, who was killed fighting a house fire in December 2018


By FireRescue1 Staff

WORCESTER, Mass. — The 10-year-old daughter of a Worcester firefighter who was killed in the line of duty last December accepted a posthumous Medal of Honor in his place on Tuesday.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker presented the award to Ava Roy and other family members of Firefighter Christopher Roy, who died last year battling a house fire, at the state’s 30th annual Firefighter of the Year ceremony, MassLive reported.

Worcester Firefighter Christopher Roy with his daughter Ava Roy before his line-of-duty death in December 2018. Ava, now 10, accepted a posthumous Medal of Honor for her father in a Massachusetts awards ceremony Tuesday. (Photo/Worcester Fire Department Facebook)
Worcester Firefighter Christopher Roy with his daughter Ava Roy before his line-of-duty death in December 2018. Ava, now 10, accepted a posthumous Medal of Honor for her father in a Massachusetts awards ceremony Tuesday. (Photo/Worcester Fire Department Facebook)

“The commonwealth’s first responders put themselves in harm’s way each day, and these awards provide an opportunity to recognize their bravery and sacrifice,” Baker said at the event. “This year, our administration is proud to honor Christopher Roy, his family, and his legacy of heroism and sacrifice.”

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito also offered words of praise to Ava and the fallen firefighter’s parents, Michele and Ron Roy.

“You have a lot of your dad in you (…) It’s a real opportunity for all of us to see you grow into a wonderful girl and young lady someday,” Polito said. “And to your grandparents (…) Your kindness and your love are very evident in your son, Chris, and he will always be remembered for the values you taught him.” 

A total of 23 awards were presented to firefighters from 14 departments at the ceremony, and officials also honored Worcester Fire Lt. Jason Menard, who was killed fighting a house fire earlier this month.

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