NEW JERSEY (CBSNewYork) — The outpouring of grief following the death of a New Jersey firefighter last month has now turned into an outpouring of compassion for his son.

The fire department in Oradell, N.J. held a blood drive for John Barnas, CBS 2 reported.

Barnas’ father, Greg Barnas, was killed on Feb. 28 while working as a volunteer firefighter in Wallington, N.J.

The 57-year-old slipped off of the roof of a restaurant while battling a fire.

John Barnas needs blood transfusions while he receives chemotherapy for cancer.

“It hit home 100 percent because he is a firefighter and his family is involved in the fire service, so for us we thought that it was the least we could do,” said Vincent Siekierski, who helped organize the blood drive.

“His family’s going through a pretty tough time and you know, he needs help,” said donor Andy Farinella.

The Oradell firefighters said they never met Greg Barnas, but wanted to help his family in any way that they could.

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