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Columbus firefighters cover shifts so CFD can attend Gordon's funeral

(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Lisa Hutson) (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Lisa Hutson)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - More than 3,500 firefighters from across the nation will attend funeral services Tuesday and Wednesday for fallen Cincinnati Firefighter Daryl Gordon. 

Some 126 Columbus firefighters are covering shifts at the city's firehouses so Gordon's colleagues can attend pay their respects. Columbus fire crews also helped out when Cincinnati Firefighter Oscar Armstrong died in the line of duty in 2003.

"Firemen, by nature, we help people,” said Jimmy Adams, President of Covington Firefighters Local 38.

Covington, Deerfield Township, Delhi Township, Sycamore Township, Hamilton and Anderson Township are sending firefighters to fill in at Cincinnati firehouses all over the city on Wednesday. 

"They are somebody we count on. We want them to know in the time of need, they can count on us,” said Adams. “We are going to send 4 guys over Wednesday morning to staff Engine 14."

"This is a great opportunity for us to repay them for everything they did for us when Bill died,” said Battalion Chief Sean Smith with Anderson Township Fire Department Station 6.

In March of 2001, Anderson Township lost a fireman of their own. Bill Ellison fell through the floor of a burning home in Miami Township. Smith said the Cincinnati Fire Department assisted them in planning Ellison's funeral along with countless other services during that time. He said it took a while for his department to recover from the loss.

"There was a lot of remorse within the fire department. A lot of sad guys and you kind of lean on each other to pick each other up and get through it. You know, it's our job to get back on the trucks the next day, the next shift and do what we are here for,” said Smith.

But at least for one day, Cincinnati firemen can grieve knowing their job will be done. While they mourn the loss of one brother on Wednesday, hundreds of brothers will take their spots on those trucks paying their respects through service just like a fireman would do.

"At the end of the day when we need one another, firemen are always going to be there. They are going to be there to help the public. They are going to be there to help each other. It's just the nature of who we are,” said Adams.

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