Fireman’s Funeral to be Held in Cinti Cathedral Wednesday
The funeral for a Cincinnati fireman who died during a fire in Madisonville/Cincinnati last week will be held Wednesday morning at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral downtown.
Fire Apparatus Operator Daryl Gordon, 54, was a resident of Glendale. He worked for CFD for 10 years and was previously an aircare and mobile care EMT for UC Health.
The funeral service for Gordon, who was not Catholic, will be non-denominational. Fire fighters from around the region are expected to attend and the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that 127 firefighters from Columbus will drive here to staff fire houses so that the men and women on duty can also be present.
According to Channel 9 News, the 10 am funeral will be closed to all but uniformed firefighters and Gordon’s family and friends. However, a procession from Station 14 on Central Avenue to the Cathedral will begin at 8:55 am. The public is welcome to pay their respects along the procession route (Central to Firefighters Memorial Park, then east on Sixth Street to Plum Street) and to watch the service on Fountain Square, where it will be broadcast live.
Ninth Street from Central Ave. to Linn Street will be closed tomorrow beginning at 6 am (use Mound Street to get on I-75 north). The following streets will be closed for the procession:
Starting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday:
- Seventh Street: Linn Street to Elm Street
- All ramps leading to Seventh Street from Gest Street and Interstate 75
- Sixth Street: Elm Street to Central Avenue
- Fifth Street: Central Avenue to Elm Street
- All ramps leading to Fifth Street from I-75
- Fourth Street: Plum Street to Central Avenue
- Central Avenue: Third Street to Ninth Street
- Plum Street: Sixth Street to Ninth Street
FAO Gordon was the first Cincinnati fireman to die in the line of duty in a decade. He fell down an elevator shaft while fighting a four-alarm fire at King Tower Apartments with Heavy Rescue 14. He left behind wife Angela and two daughters, Angelique and Chelsea.
“We lost a hero today, and we are all mourning,” said Fire Chief Richard Braun said in statement March 26th. “Daryl lost his life in the line of duty to save others.”
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said, “The term ‘hero’ is often over-used in today’s society, but Daryl truly meets the definition. He valiantly put himself in harm’s way to help residents in the building. It takes a special breed of person to rush into a fire when the natural instinct is to flee…. Today, our Cincinnati firefighters did their jobs – they ran into a burning building and saved lives. Women and children were carried out to safety. When that was over, God delivered all of the civilians but kept one of our firefighters back.”
Photo courtesy the City of Cincinnati.
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