Keeping the memories alive of fallen firefighters

By Jillian Marshall

October 11, 2013 Updated Oct 11, 2013 at 6:19 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A firefighter who dedicated more than two decades of his life to the Binghamton Fire Department is honored for his service and dedication.

Binghamton Firefighters, local leaders and the community came together to remember Firefighter John Janos.

Janos' name was added to the "Last Alarm" plaque that hangs in front of the department.

He is the 23rd firefighter to pass away in the line of duty for the department.

"John was an all around fireman," said Lt. Peter Holleran. "He was a good family man. He was a real people person."

Janos and Holleran started with the fire department 24 years ago.

John Janos, 57, died in April at the Binghamton Fire Station on West State Street, he suffered a heart related problem.

Janos founded the Binghamton Fire Hazmat program, co-authored the mission statement and was a former union president.

"Through the rest of our careers, we will try and embody what John was as a firefighter, and that's the best way that we can take on his legacy," said fellow firefighter Tim Burns.

Janos' family was presented with a flag from the International Association of Firefighters and a plaque honoring the father, husband and friend.

The Fallen Firefighter Annual Mass and Janos's dedication ceremony were a part of National Fire Prevention Week.