Firefighter/Paramedic John Janos joined the Binghamton Fire Department on November 12, 1988. John was quickly admired by his peers and trusted to accomplish any task. He was always the first to help someone in need whether it was on or off the job.
His dedication to the job was reflected in every call he answered, as he always went above and beyond what the job or task at hand required. John was a longtime member of the Binghamton Fire Department HAZMAT team. He also stepped forward and became a paramedic for the city of Binghamton. Both of these positions required intense training, followed up with additional ongoing training and responsibilities. Through both roles, he cared for the city residents with great enthusiasm, compassion, and professionalism.
One of John’s later callings in life and career was his involvement with the International Association of Firefighters, Local 729, where he quickly rose to president. John became involved with numerous charitable associations as well, serving on the board of some. Over the years, John received various citations from the city.
On April 6, 2013, John answered his last call while on duty at Quint #3 on State Street on the north side of Binghamton. He responded to an alarm activation at a multistory building at the center of the city. After searching the building in full gear, John returned to the station and became ill. He died of a massive heart attack.
John was a fierce protector of his family, neighbors, coworkers, friends, and the community. He had a true feeling of what it meant to help others. He was a loving and dedicated family man. John enjoyed music and worked at a local music recording studio. He had a great impact on many local artists. He also loved fishing. John will be missed by many.
John always gave his best and was willing to lay down his life to save others. John’s was a career of the very highest standards and honorable service. On his last call, on his last day, he paid the ultimate sacrifice for the lives of many others.