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Pa. fire department mourns loss of longtime firefighter

Rostraver Central Fire Department Safety Officer John W. Bunardzya died in his sleep after responding to a call

By Bill Carey

ROSTAVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Members of the Rostraver Central Fire Department mourned the loss of Safety Officer John ‘Billy’ Bunardzya.

Bunardzya died from an apparent heart attack in his sleep after responding to a call on April 6, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

Governor Josh Shapiro ordered the United States and commonwealth flags in Westmoreland County to fly flags at half-staff in honor of Bunardzya, CBS Pittsburgh reported.

Bunardzya, 73, had also been a firefighter at Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Company and was passionate about helping his community.