WORCESTER (CBS) – A memorial fund for the daughter of Worcester firefighter Christopher Roy has reached $50,000 in donations, a city spokesman says.

Roy died early Sunday morning while battling a five-alarm fire on Lowell Street. He left behind a 9-year-old daughter, Ava.

Worcester firefighter Christopher Roy and daughter Ava (Family photo)

Worcester Firefighters IAFF Local 1009 has established a fund to benefit Ava. Checks made out to the AVA ROY FUND can be mailed to the Worcester Fire Department Credit Union at 34 Glennie St., Worcester, MA 01605.

Roy’s mother, Michelle, said he “lived for his daughter.”

“He referred to her as his little munchkin and made sure she had the best of everything,” she said. “She’s incredibly brave and you know where she got that from– her father.”

Thousands of friends, family members and firefighters from all over will be gathering at Saint John’s Church in Worcester over the next two days for a wake and funeral.

  1. SeacoastView says:

    i feel terrible for the Christopher Roy and his family…. but i HATE IT when people use a tragedy to raise funds when other funds are already in place. Please don’t turn a terrible situation into a scam. Much like Police officers, Worcester firefighters are paid handsomely and Roy had a generous life insurance policy. The entire purpose of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is to help bridge the gap on what insurance might not cover. Part of the reason Firefighters are handsomely paid is because it’s a dangerous job… and they accept the risk in exchange for the money. it’s too bad Ava no longer has a father… but she’s already well provided for.

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