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State Fire Marshal awards honors 3 local firefighters

Cincinnati Firefighter Daryl Gordon (FOX19 NOW/file) Cincinnati Firefighter Daryl Gordon (FOX19 NOW/file)
Williamsburg Township Fire Lt. David Knapke (FOX19 NOW/file) Williamsburg Township Fire Lt. David Knapke (FOX19 NOW/file)
Anderson Township Firefighter Kevin Ollier (Provided by Anderson Firefighters Local 3111) Anderson Township Firefighter Kevin Ollier (Provided by Anderson Firefighters Local 3111)

A Cincinnati firefighter who died in a Madisonville fire earlier this year will be honored Wednesday at the Ohio Fire Service Hall of Fame Awards.

Daryl Gordon will receive one of the merit awards given out during a 1:30 p.m. ceremony at the fire marshal's headquarters in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

Gordon, 54, died at a hospital March 26 after falling into an elevator shaft while searching a building as crews tried to rescue adults and children trapped in an apartment building.

He was the first Cincinnati Firefighter to die in the line of duty since 2003.

Gordon worked for the Cincinnati Fire Department 29 years and left behind a wife and two children.

Two other local firefighters who died over the past year also will receive the merit award.

Anderson Township Firefighter Kevin Ollier, 60, died Sept. 5, 2014.

He suffered a heart attack and collapsed while jogging near his Union Township home just hours after finishing a 24-hour shift for the agency, said Anderson Township Fire Chief Mark Ober.

He joined the fire department in 2001 and also was a nurse at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, according to the township's website.

Williamsburg Township Fire Lt. David Knapke died June 5 after suffering a massive heart attack and collapsing while battling a house fire May 31. He was 56 and was with the department for more than 30 years.

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