It's never easy to lose someone you love.  But often when tragedy strikes, you see how incredible the community that you live in can be.

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Who was Jason Arno?

Jason Arno was a firefighter in Buffalo.  He was a dad to a three-year-old little girl, and he became a husband when he got married last summer.  He had only been a member of the department for three years when, unfortunately, he lost his life while battling a fire on March 1st as a costume company was engulfed in flames in a 4-alarm fire.

It Would Be Easy To Be Angry

You would imagine that it has probably been a blur for Arno's widow, Sarah-Liz Tierney.  One minute she's a newlywed getting ready to take on a life with her husband, and the next, a widow with a child.  It would be easy to be angry in her position.  But instead, she is showing that she is grateful

Arno's Widow Says Thank You To The Community

One thing that many people notice is when tragedy strikes, good people often step up.  And that seems to be the case for Tierney.  She wrote a letter to Western New York on Facebook to say thank you.  She wanted to say thanks for a community that stepped up for her in her darkest moment.

I still can’t quite wrap my head around the events which took place on and since March 1, 2023. That day will be permanently etched in my brain for the rest of my life. But something that will also be ingrained forever in my mind is the outpouring of love and support I never could have fathomed. - Sarah-Liz Tierney on Facebook

She explains that while she is going to have to have a very difficult conversation with her daughter about the things that happened on the day that he died, she will also be able to say that they also had a community that rallied behind them and wrapped them in their arms when they needed it the most.

Her entire letter can be seen here and it's a must-read for everyone in Western New York.

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A large structure fire overtakes a four-story building on Main Street in Downtown Buffalo on March 1st,

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