BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — It was a day of remembrance for the firefighter community. Many gathered at St. Paul’s Catholic Church Thursday to honor Binghamton’s fallen firefighters.
“Every year we meet as a group to honor the people who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice,” Dan Eggleston, Binghamton’s fire chief, said.
This Mass, organized by the Binghamton Professional Firefighter’s Association, is an annual tradition during Fire Prevention Week.
“It’s an opportunity to not only recognize those who we know and are familiar with, but those who are some of the original firefighters, those who helped build and grow this community, those who have been sacrificing and serving the residents of this community since it was first formed 150 years ago,” Binghamton Mayor Rich David said.
This annual mass brings back memories.
“Firefighter John Janos, we lost a few years ago. He passed away while on duty here at Engine 3,” Eggleston said.
Janos’ passing was difficult for the community.
“It was devastating for his wife. It was devastating for his family. It was devastating for the men and women who currently served with him in the fire department,” David said.
When someone like Janos dies, the firefighters bond.
“As a department it brings us all together ,you know we’re a brotherhood and a sisterhood. We depend on each other for our lives,” Eggleston said, “if you’re going into a burning building you depend on the person in front of you, so we’re a close knit group.”
Eggleston said fire prevention officers have also been visiting schools this week to teach students about fire safety.