Thousands pay respects to fallen Worcester firefighter

A funeral procession of thousands of firefighters snakes through Washington Square as they walk to the funeral for Worcester firefighter Christopher Roy who died battling a fire last weekend. The funeral was held at St. John's Catholic Church.

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Thousands of firefighters from Worcester and elsewhere are honoring a fallen city firefighter who died battling an early morning house fire last weekend.

A procession of firefighters, fire trucks, and bagpipers made its way Saturday morning through city streets to St. John’s Catholic Church for the funeral of 36-year-old firefighter Christopher Roy. His casket was placed atop the Worcester Fire Department’s Engine 5. It was draped in a blue flag.

Other uniformed firefighters lined the streets in formation, saluting the casket as it passed by.

An overflow of mourners watched the funeral on TV monitors.

Roy was hurt in the pre-dawn fire last Sunday and was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Shrewsbury resident was a single father who leaves behind his 9-year-old daughter Ava.