Greater Cincinnati Firefighters Memorial Park off Central Avenue between Fifth and Sixth streets. (CCFlikr/5chw4r7z)
Daryl Gordon (FOX19 NOW/file)
The 2015 Greater Cincinnati Firefighters Memorial was held at Cincinnati Firefighters Memorial Park Thursday.
The statue was dedicated 47 years ago to honor Cincinnati firefighters who've died in the line of duty.
People paid their respects on the corner of Central between Fifth and Sixth streets Downtown.
The annual ceremony included a presentation of colors, pipes and drums, a floral tribute, and remarks from fire and city officials and a last roll call for those who have been lost since last year’s service.
Among those remembered was Firefighter Daryl Gordon, who died in the line of duty in March.
"The death of Daryl serves as an unsettling reminder of the risks our firefighters take day in and day out. Your firefighters put their lives and quite frankly their families lives on the line so that others may live," said Matt Alter, Firefighters Union Local 48 president.
Gordon was the first Cincinnati firefighter to die in the line of duty since 2003. He worked for the Cincinnati Fire Department 29 years and left behind a wife and two children.