NEW JERSEY (PIX11) – More than two thousand firefighters lined the street outside the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus church in Wallington, New Jersey as Fire Captain Gregory Barnas was laid to rest.
Barnas died a week ago while fighting what should have been a routine fire in a restaurant. He fell off the roof of the one-story building and despite efforts to save him, he died of cardiac arrest.
The 57-year-old Barnas had been a volunteer captain of the Wallington fire department for 42 years, as well as a captain of the Jersey city fire department He was also a volunteer for two fire departments in Pennsylvania where he had a summer home.
To add to the sadness, Barnas’ youngest son, 23-year-old John, has leukemia. His father was donating his blood cells to him to help save his life.
Both his sons are firefighters.