On December 3rd, 1999, Jay and five
of his fellow firefighters gave the ultimate sacrifice when they
perished in the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire. In Jay’s
memory, his high school classmates (Doherty High, 1983) have established
a scholarship fund through the Greater Worcester Community Foundation.
Established in January 2001, the Lt. James "Jay" Lyons
Memorial Road Race and Scholarship Fund has already raised more
than one hundred and fifty thousand dollars. The scholarship is
for a graduating Doherty senior, with preference given to students
attending Clark University and/or who are active in the "Why
Me?"organization. The Jay Lyons Road Race is held every April
as the major fundraiser for the scholarship.