WALLINGTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Firefighters in New Jersey are mourning the loss of one of their own who died while battling a blaze at a restaurant in Wallington.
The flag at the Wallington fire house was lowered to half-staff Friday in memory of fallen veteran firefighter, Capt. Gregory Barnas.
“It’s a sad day, it’s a tragic day,” Wallington Fire Commissioner Mark Tomko said. “Our department and I know our community is mourning the loss and our hearts go out to the family.”
Around 1:30 a.m., Barnas, 57, rushed to the scene of a fire at the Akasaka Japanese restaurant on Paterson Avenue, less than half a mile from where he lived.
Tomko said Barnas was cutting a hole in the roof of the restaurant when he fell and went into cardiac arrest. He was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.