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Daughter of fallen N.Y. firefighter throws out first pitch

The 6-year-old daughter of Buffalo Firefighter Jason Arno threw out the first pitch at a Buffalo Bison’s game



By Maki Becker
The Buffalo News

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Olivia Arno, the 4-year-old daughter of Buffalo Firefighter Jason Arno who died in the line of duty, will be throwing the ceremonial first pitch at Saturday’s Bisons game at Sahlen Field, the team announced Friday.

Tickets to the game against the Norfolk Tides are all $12 and proceeds will benefit the Firefighter Arno Foundation.

Olivia will be accompanied by her uncle, Del Arno, as she takes the mound at 3:45 p.m. The game officially begins at 4:05 p.m.

Jason “Jay” Arno, a member of Engine 2, died in a fire at a Main Street building in Buffalo’s Theatre District on March 1. His funeral at St. Joseph Cathedral drew thousands of firefighters from around the country. Arno, 37, is survived by his wife, Sarah, and their daughter, Olivia, who was 3 at the time.

His family and loved ones started the foundation in his honor. The nonprofit’s mission is to “provide resources, financial support, and opportunities for Western New York first responders and their families by fundraising and increasing community awareness of their daily efforts,” the Bisons said. — Maki Becker

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