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Firefighters across the country honor Daryl Gordon

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Firefighters from across the country paid their respects to fallen Cincinnati firefighter FAO Daryl Gordon on Tuesday at his visitation held at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

"It's hard to even begin to list the support from firefighters across the country,” said Doug Stern from the Cincinnati Fire Department.

While nearly every local fire agency sent representatives, firefighters states away attended as well.

"As soon as we found out, we made arrangements to come down,” said Bryan Clarke with the Chicago Fire Department.

Clarke, along with dozens of other Chicago firefighters, made the four-hour trip after hearing Gordon's passing through social media. Without any organized effort, several took days off from their own firehouses to pay their respects. Clarke said while they never knew Daryl Gordon, they know exactly what his sacrifice is worth.

"We all know the dangers of the job and we all accept it for what it is and we know this could happen to any one of us. When it does happen, it's an unfortunate incident and we just try to be there to support the guys,” said Clarke.

Jack Reall, Battalion Chief with Columbus Fire and president of the Columbus Fire Union Local 38, said no matter where a firefighter makes the ultimate sacrifice, it's a tradition in the fire service to attend his or her visitation and funeral. Like Gordon, firefighters killed in the line of duty are always given a hero's tribute.

"A lot of us will only experience this once in our career but it is something that we need to make sure carries on forever because a firefighter's life is never lost if we remember them,” said Reall.

Cincinnati Fire Department said it took 50 firefighters working non-stop since Gordon's passing to plan his services in just one week. More than 4,000 people are expected to attend.

Doug Stern said while the entire Cincinnati Fire Department continues to mourn the loss of their brother, the outpouring of support from firefighters they have never met is incredible.

"I don't think that you ever heal completely from something like this but the one thing that I think we can all take away from this is that we know we are here for one another and in a time of need, that is really something. Sometimes that is all you can rely on and this week that is what we have found in a really big way,” said Stern.

Many of the firefighters will also be involved in the funeral Wednesday but some of them will be filling in at firehouses all over the city. Nearly 200 out-of-town firefighters in all will be serving the city all day Wednesday as Cincinnati Fire pays their final respects to Daryl Gordon.

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