On March 10, 2023, a funeral was held for Buffalo Firefighter Jason Arno. Jason was killed in the line of duty at a four-alarm fire on Main Street on March 1, 2023. He was 37-years old.

Jason was a three-year member of the department and worked out of Engine 2. In a statement on the Buffalo Fire Departments Facebook page, the department said in part that Arno, “made the ultimate sacrifice.”

“It is with the deepest regret and sorrow that we announce the Line of Duty death of Firefighter Jason Arno of Engine Company 2, Buffalo Fire Department. Firefighter Arno made the ultimate sacrifice while bravely battling a fierce four-alarm fire on the 700 block of Main Street in the heart of downtown Buffalo. His tragic loss is a painful reminder of the dangerous and extremely difficult work Buffalo Firefighters do every day. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and fellow firefighters for the heartbreaking loss of an extraordinary young man who committed his life to the service of others.”

Firefighter Arno was the beloved husband of Sarah-Elizabeth (nee Tierney) Arno; loving father of Olivia Louise Arno; dear son of Sheryl (late John) Maher and David (Julie) Arno; caring brother of Delton (Ashley) Arno, Lydia Maher, Erikka Arno, Alyssa Arno, Abigail Maher, Nic Arno and Noah Arno; adored son-in-law of Karen Tierney and Robert (Deborah) Tierney; also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and/or the Buffalo Animal Shelter.                       

  – Fire News photos by Peter Barber