BUFFALO, N.Y. — Funeral services were held Friday for Buffalo Firefighter Jason Arno. Arno died while fighting a massive fire on Main Street. His life and service to the city have been honored in countless ways since then but on Friday he will be laid to rest.
Coverage of his procession and funeral started at 8:56 a.m. More coverage will be available below.
12:38 p.m. - The procession has made it to Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will have a private burial.
12:18 p.m. Engine 2 starts to make its way to Forest Lawn Cemetery. One final salute is given to Jason Arno.
12:08 p.m. - Bell service take place, sometimes called the Striking of the Four Fives, takes place. The bells represent the last alarm and are a traditional part of a firefighter funeral.
12:01 p.m. - The procession is making its way outside of the cathedral. Jason Arno's casket will then be taken up Delaware Avenue to his final resting place in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
11:48 a.m. - First District Vice President James Slevin delivers remarks.
"Thank you to everyone in his life. You made one incredible man that we will never forget," Slevin said.
11:41 a.m. - President of Local 282 Firefighter Union Vincent Ventresca speaks at Jason Arno's funeral service.
"Sacrifice, commitment to duty, and confidence are the attributes for a true hero and of Jason Arno," Ventresca said.
Watch Ventresca's full remarks below:
11:33 a.m. - Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown delivers some words.
"The pain we feel will not soon pass. We know he did not die in vain. He died a hero and will forever be," Brown said.
Watch the mayor's full remarks below:
11:30 a.m. - Former Buffalo Fire Department Commissioner Michael D'Orazio read a poem the family requested.
11:24 a.m. - Jason Arno's brother Delton delivers remarks.
"I couldn’t be more proud. And after my tears are spend and my memory relinquishes, I will always remember what he did for us. More than anything I am so thankful," Delton said.
Watch Delton Arno's full eulogy below:
11:00 a.m. - Following the funeral service, the funeral procession will go up Delaware to Forest Lawn Cemetery where Jason Arno will be laid to rest.
10:09 a.m. - Jason Arno's casket is being brought into the cathedral. Watch the funeral service live here:
9:56 a.m. - Jason Arno's casket on Engine 2 has arrived. Watch the full procession below:
9:45 a.m. - The procession has arrived at Saint Joseph Cathedral. The services is set to begin at 10 a.m.
9:30 a.m. - The procession has begun. Jason Arno's casket will pass by Engine 2's fire house on the way to Saint Joseph Cathedral for the funeral.
9:20 a.m. - Jason Arno's casket has been loaded on to Engine 2. The procession is set to start at 9:30 a.m. The public has been invited to line the procession route. Students at Hutchinson Technical High School are outside waiting for the procession.
9:05 a.m. - Engine 2 has been adorned with Arno's gear.
Live coverage has begun.
8:30 a.m. - Firefighters and other law enforcement have started to line up ahead of the procession.