Hundreds attend visitation for FAO Daryl Gordon


WLWT-TV] FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FIREFIGHTERS FROM NEAR AND FAR READY TO REMEMBER A FALLEN FIREFIGHTER. FIREFIGHTERS FROM AS FAR AWAY AS MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, WILL COME HERE TO ST. PETER FOR TOMORROW’S FUNERAL SERVICE. MANY OF THEM KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THE SACRIFICES AND THE SUPPORT IS FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE. WE FEEL THAT WE NEED TO PAY IT BACK. WE NEED TO PAY IT FORWARD. REPORTER: TERRY RILEY AND THREE OF HIS FELLOW FIREFIGHTERS JUST GOT IN FROM CHICAGO. THEY DIDN’T KNOW DARYL GORDON BUT THEY DO KNOW WHAT THIS LOSS FEELS LIKE. UNFORTUNATELY ALL FOUR OF US HAVE LOST A COUPLE OF FRIENDS, A COUPLE OF VERY CLOSE FRIENDS IN THE LINE OF DUTY. AND AT A YOUNG AGE TOO. THE ONE THING THAT RESONATED WITH US WAS HOW MANY PEOPLE WE SAW IN OUR TIME OF NEED. REPORTER: THE FIRE SERVICE BROTHERHOOD, THOUSANDS OF MEMBERS DEEP, HAS COME TOGETHER TO SURROUND THOSE GRIEVING THE LOSS OF A 29-YEAR CINCINNATI FIRE DEPARTMENT VETERAN. DARYL GORDON DIED SEARCHING FOR PEOPLE INSIDE THIS BURNING APARTMENT BUILDING IN MADISONVILLE ON THURSDAY WHEN HE FELL DOWN AN ELEVATOR SHAFT. HE WAS A HERO IN THE WAY THAT HE LIVED. PEOPLE ARE IN THERE CELEBRATING A CITY HERO RIGHT NOW. REPORTER: FOR RONALD SANGER, THE SERVICE BRINGS BACK PAINFUL MEMORIES. HIS DEPARTMENT LOST TWO FIREFIGHTERS SEVEN YEARS AGO THIS SATURDAY. IT’S IN THE BACK OF OUR MINDS BUT WE STILL GOT A JOB TO DO, WE HAVE PEOPLE TO SERVE AND A COMMUNITY TO PROTECT. REPORTER: A COMMUNITY THAT CAME OUT STRONG TODAY. THOUGHT IT’S THE LEAST I COULD DO, TO SAY THANK YOU. REPORTER: IN RECOGNITION OF A LIFE DEDICATED TO SERVICE. IT GETS EMOTIONAL FOR ME TO THINK ABOUT WHAT THESE GENTLEMEN AND WOMEN DO FOR OUR COMMUNITY. I JUST FEEL THAT IT’S PROPER TO GIVE HONOR AND RESPECT TO THIS GENTLEMAN WHO PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. REPORTER: OF COURSE MANY OF THE PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED TODAY’S VISITATION, INCLUDING THAT GENTLEMAN YOU JUST HEARD FROM, ARE GOING TO LINE THE FUNERAL PROCESSION ROUTE TOMORROW. OTHERS WILL ATTEND THE FUNERAL SERVICE HERE AT ST. PETER IN CHAINS. THAT BEGINS TOMORROW AT 10:00

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