Gordon fell down an elevator shaft around 6:30 a.m. inside the King Towers Apartments on Dahlgreen Street.
“He was searching in a primary search to see if there were more victims in the fire. During that time, he came across the door and it was a elevator and the elevator wasn't there and he fell down the elevator shaft. That's what caused his demise,” said Cincinnati fire chief Richard Braun.
His fellow firefighters placed him on a stretcher and ran him out of the building into a waiting ambulance. He died at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
“Daryl Gordon made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the City of Cincinnati,” Mayor Cranley said. “Flying flags at half-staff is one of the ways we can respect the memory of FAO Gordon for all that he did in the line of duty, and to offer our condolences to his wife and daughters.”
Mayor Cranley's request is being made for all flags flown by residents and businesses. Fire departments across the Tri-State and city-owned facilities were flowered Thursday morning.