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Wake Held For Veteran NJ Firefighter Who Died Battling Blaze

Capt. Gregory Barnas (credit: CBS 2)

Capt. Gregory Barnas (credit: CBS 2)

WALLINGTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Wake services were held Thursday for a veteran firefighter who died battling a blaze in Wallington last week.

Flags were also flown at half-staff for 57-year-old Capt. Gregory Barnas.

Barnas was on top of a burning restaurant on Paterson Avenue last Friday when he fell off the roof and went into cardiac arrest. He was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.

Barnas was a 29-year veteran of the Jersey City Fire Department. He was also a 40-year volunteer with the Wallington Fire Department and served as chief in Wallington in 1997.

“I can’t even think of the words to express our sorrow,” Wallington Fire Commissioner Mark Tomko said last week. “Our department is deeply hurt.”

Barnas’ two sons are also firefighters. They were both there tackling the fire alongside their dad.

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