Colleges offer free tuition to late firefighter’s children

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Eight colleges are offering free tuition to the three children of a Massachusetts firefighter recently killed in the line of duty.

The colleges are all either within or near the city of Worcester, the hometown of Worcester Fire Lt. Jason Menard.

The 39-year-old Menard died Nov. 13 from injuries suffered while battling a house fire. He helped two colleagues escape before succumbing.

The children will be offered free tuition if they qualify for admission. The colleges are Assumption, Anna Maria, Becker, Worcester State, Clark, Holy Cross, Quinsigamond Community College and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. In addition, the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is offering free graduate school tuition.

The Dropkick Murphys rock band is performing a benefit show for the Menard family on Friday. The show has sold out.