WORCESTER, MASS. (WHDH) - The Worcester Fire Department knows the pain of losing firefighters in the line of duty, especially during the month of December.

Christopher Roy, 36, of Shrewsbury, who has been with the department for about two-and-a-half years, died after becoming trapped on the second floor of the Lowell Street home around 4 a.m. Sunday, Worcester Fire Chief Michael Lavoie said.

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His death came seven years after the department lost another one of its brothers – Jon Davies.

Davies was attempting to make a rescue when a building collapsed on him on Dec. 8, 2011.

In December of 1999, six firefighters died battling the Worcester Cold Storage fire. It was later learned that a homeless couple accidentally set fire to the abandoned warehouse when they lit a candle.

Killed were Lt. Thomas Spencer, 42, firefighter Paul Brotherton, firefighter Timothy Jackson, firefighter Jeremiah Lucey, firefighter James Lyons, and firefighter Joseph McGuirk.

“Once again, December has proven to be the cruelest month of the year for the Worcester Fire Department,” Mayor Joseph Petty said.

Gov. Charlie Baker echoed that statement, writing on Twitter, “Our hearts go out to firefighter Roy’s family and friends. December has been especially cruel to Worcester firefighters and their families over the years. Keep them all in your thoughts and prayers.”

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