Last week, a firefighter lost his life while fighting a high-rise fire in Cincinnati. Daryl Gordon, a 30-year veteran, died when he fell down an open elevator shaft and became trapped. He was in the process of clearing one of the floors of the building, knocking on doors and ensuring that all of the residents made it out safely.
His funeral is expected to be very well-attended, perhaps 3500 people or more, most of them uniformed firefighters from Cincinnati and across the nation. But some of those who will not be in attendance are those firefighters from nearby cities, Columbus in particular, who have volunteered to work shifts all day tomorrow so that Gordon’s friends and colleagues, those that he worked with every day, can attend his funeral without leaving their posts uncovered.
This… This is how those of us in the jobs that cannot be left unmanned work together to share grief, to help each other out in times of need.