In the early morning hours of March 26, 2015, Cincinnati lost a hero. Firefighter and family man Daryl Gordon lost his life in the line of duty when he fell into an elevator shaft of a burning apartment building. Having served almost 30 years and just months from his retirement, Fire Apparatus Operator and Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technician Daryl Gordon lost his life doing what he loved the most – saving lives.
Gordon leaves behind his wife, Angela and their two daughters, Angelique and Chelsea.
Protecting the community we love
Fire fighters are an integral part of our community. They are our heroes. They are the ones who are willing to run into a burning building and carry people out to safety. Every shift they know that their lives could be in danger, yet they are willing to step into dangerous situations every day to keep the members of their community safe from fires.
FAO Gordon’s life work was keeping people safe from fires, so we’d like to share these safety tips that can help prevent fires, and to help you keep you safe if a fire starts in your home:
- Make sure all of the smoke detectors and fire alarm system works in your building. A beeping fire alarm needs new batteries.
- Check for electrical hazards.
- Keep matches and lighters away from children.
- Never store flammable liquids in your home.
- Explore your building and be aware of all of the safety exists.
- Decide on a meeting place where everyone will meet after getting out the apartment.
- Never use the elevator in case of a fire.
- Rehearse an escape route with all of the members of your household.
- Once you have safely escaped a fire call 911 immediately.
According to WCPO.com, federal investigators will look into what led up to FAO Gordon’s tragic line-of-duty death. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will also take part in the investigation to determine if training or command played a role in fire fighter Gordon’s death.
At Crandall & Pera Law, our thoughts and prayers are with FAO Gordon’s family, fellow fire fighters and the three firefighters who were injured in the Madisonville fire.