Buffalo to honor firefighter Jason Arno on one-year anniversary of his death

BUFFALO, N.Y (WIVB) — Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and the Buffalo Fire Department announced their plans to remember Jason Arno, the Buffalo Firefighter who died fighting a four-alarm fire on Main Street on March 1, 2023.

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Friday marks the one-year anniversary of his death.

Friday’s plans begin at 9:30 a.m. where a procession of vehicles led by firefighters of Buffalo Fire Department Engine Company 2 will leave the firehouse on 376 Virginia Street, Arno’s firehouse. From there they will proceed through city streets until ultimately reaching 745 Main Street, the site of last year’s fire. At 10 a.m. a ceremony of remembrance will be held at that location to honor the 37-year-old father and husband.

All city of Buffalo flags will be lowered to half-staff at 5 p.m. Thursday, where they will stay until Saturday morning.

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Arno was a three-year veteran of the Buffalo Fire Department when he was killed battling a fire in a three-story commercial building. Authorities said he issued a mayday call inside the building after an explosive backdraft before going silent. His body was found hours later.

He left behind a 3-year-old daughter, Olivia, and his wife, Sarah.

Main Street between Tupper Street, Goodell Street and Edward Street will be closed on Friday during the ceremony.

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