Fire department mourns the loss of firefighter

By Perry Russom

April 7, 2013 Updated Apr 8, 2013 at 9:58 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton Chief Daniel Thomas called John Janos the "Energizer Bunny" because of his work ethic.

Janos, 57, passed away early Saturday morning at the end of a 24-hour shift. The shift began at 8 a.m Friday.

Around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Janos responded to a call that a smoke alarm was going off at an apartment building on the corner of Henry and State streets.

After climbing five flights of stairs and disarming the smoke alarm, Janos returned to the West State Street station with two team members. He was found dead in the firehouse a few hours later.

The cause of death is still unknown, pending an autopsy.

A 24-year veteran of the Binghamton Fire Department, Janos is remembered for his quick wit and dependability.

"If you needed something, he was there for you," Thomas said. "On the job, off the job. Just that type of guy."

"We all enjoyed his humor," said Capt. Robert Parke.

Janos was known to volunteer for anything to help his fellow firefighters. He volunteered for the Hazmat Team and was also a fully qualified paramedic.

All Binghamton firefighters are EMTs, but Janos went the extra mile to become a paramedic.

Janos leaves behind a wife and three children.

Thomas said the department will do anything to help the family.

This is the first member of the department to die in the line of duty since Gerald Mullins in 1994. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, Mullins died of overexertion and stress.

Calling hours are scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, at JA McCormick's Funeral Home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Wednesday, at St Thomas Aquinas Church. A private service will follow.

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