RI Honor Guards to attend Worcester firefighter’s funeral services

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) – Firefighters in Warwick covered their badges with black bands in honor of Worcester Firefighter Christopher Roy.

Rescue Lt. Mike Carreiro was working Sunday when he heard Roy, 36, died in the line of duty, trying to save others from a burning building. Roy leaves behind his nine-year-old daughter.

“You get that sick feeling because it’s one of your own.”

Carreiro says his firefighters – and firefighters everywhere – are bonded by this tragedy.  “[Firefighters] are such a tight family, a tight group of camaraderie that it feels like it’s one of our own.”

The Warwick Fire Department’s Honor Guard will be paying tribute at Roy’s funeral services later this week, joining other Honor Guards and off-duty firefighters statewide.

“Something like this tragedy happens [and] we turn to each other and come together as a family,” Carreiro added.

Joseph Andriole, the president of the Rhode Island State Association of Firefighters (RISAFF), anticipates close 1,000 RI firefighters will go pay their respects.

December is already a difficult month for the people of Worcester. Six firefighters were killed in a warehouse fire there 19 years ago and another died when a building collapsed in 2011.

“It’s a time where our hearts are already going out to them and to hear this news, it just saddens all of us,” Andriole told ABC6 News.

Calling hours are Friday evening at St. John’s Church in Worcester. The funeral will be held there Saturday morning.

Andriole says fire departments in Rhode Island are raising money to help Roy’s family with these unexpected expenses. RISAFF will also donate from its Line of Duty Death Fund.

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