Hundreds Mourn New Jersey Fire Captain Who Died After Fall From Roof

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    Hundreds of firefighters gathered Friday to honor the veteran fire captain who died fighting a fire at a restaurant in New Jersey last week. Pat Battle reports. (Published Friday, Mar 7, 2014)

    Hundreds of firefighters gathered Friday to honor the veteran fire captain who died fighting a fire at a restaurant in New Jersey last week.

    Services were held for Gregory Barnas at the Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Wallington; they began with a solemn procession from the funeral home to the church.

    NJ Fire Captain Who Died on Job Mourned by Hometown

    [NY] NJ Fire Captain Who Died on Job Mourned by Hometown
    Fire captain Gregory Barnas was a 29-year veteran of the Jersey City Fire Department and a volunteer for several other fire departments in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Barnas and his two sons were fighting a fire with the Wallington Volunteer Fire Department when he died last week. His hometown honored his bravery and service Thursday. Brian Thompson reports. (Published Thursday, Mar 6, 2014)

    The 57-year-old Barnas died Feb. 28 when he fell while cutting a hole in the roof of the Akasaka restaurant while responding to a blaze there with the Wellington Fire Department.

    Barnas was a 29-year veteran with the Jersey City Fire Department, where he rose to the rank of captain. He also volunteered for 42 years with Wallington Fire Department, and was that department's chief in 1997. Barnas' two sons, John and Kevin, are both also firefighters.

    New Jersey Fire Captain Dies After Falling From Roof, Sons Were Fighting Same Blaze: Officials

    [NY] New Jersey Fire Captain Dies After Falling From Roof, Sons Were Fighting Same Blaze: Officials
    A veteran fire captain who was planning his retirement died early Friday when he fell off the roof of a burning restaurant in Wallington, New Jersey. News 4's Andrew Siff has more. (Published Friday, Feb 28, 2014)

    Wallington Fire Commissioner Mark Tomko will deliver a eulogy at the service.

    "I can't get the words down that I really want to say," Tomko said Thursday. " All I know is it will be from the heart."

    Hundreds of firefighters from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania attended his viewing on Thursday. A large American flag was hung from two fire trucks outside Barnas' funeral home before that service.

    Gov. Chris Christie issued a proclamation Thursday to fly flags at the New Jersey State House at half-staff through Wednesday in honor of Barnas, the Star Ledger reports.

    Brian Thompson and Tracie Strahan contributed

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