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Honor Mission

Jason D. Arno


Buffalo, NY - 03/10/2023


Mission applies to the following Region(s):

Region 1, Region 2

About the Mission:

The Buffalo Fire Department has requested Patriot Guard Riders participation in honoring their brother firefighter Jason D. Arno, who tragically lost his life while fighting a 4-alarm fire in Buffalo on 1 March 2023. Jason Arno was only 37 years old, and had served with BFD's Engine Company 2 for 3 years.

A full obituary is available for viewing online by clicking here

A WIBV News article is available for viewing online by clicking here

Primary Staging Date and Staging Time:

03/10/2023 at 10:30am

Staging Location:

"Gates Circle"
Roundabout at intersection of Delaware Ave. and Lafayette Ave.
Just south of entrance to Forest Lawn Cemetery

Click here for map

Acting Lead Ride Captain and Contact Info:

Don (Cheech) Hayes -

Special Covid-19 Mission Guidelines:

Updated 8 March 2022

Based on the most current COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines: Protect Yourself and Your Family from COVID-19, and CDC Guidelines of 3 March 2022, going forward, the Lead Ride Captain for any mission will be responsible for determining whether PGR members will have to mask up or not. Please ensure that you have a mask with you, should the need arise, and respect the LRC’s decision in these matters.

Special Information:

Please pay attention to the parking directions of LRC Don Becker, and please consider car pooling in order to reduce the number of vehicles.  PGR will provide a respectful flag line in preparation for arrival of the funeral cortege as they bring Jason Arno to his final resting place.  Once the cortege has passed into the cemetery, the PGR Mission ends at that point.  Please be prepared with a clean 3x5 American flag, and dress for the weather.

It is expected that this sad event will include heavy media coverage, please make sure to look your best. Thank you ensuring that there is an excellent PGR presence in honor of Buffalo Firefighter Jason D. Arno, and in support his loving family as well as the Buffalo Fire Department family.

Is there a Second Stage to this Mission?


Submitted by:

Don Higgins, SRC, Region-1

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