Cincinnati firefighter honored on anniversary of death

CINCINNATI (AP) — A plaque honoring a Cincinnati firefighter who died after plunging into a fifth-floor elevator shaft last year is set to be unveiled next month at the fire station where he made his last run.

A moment of silence was held for Daryl Gordon on Saturday morning. A wreath has been laid at the Greater Cincinnati Firefighters Memorial Park, marking the one-year anniversary of the 30-year veteran’s death.

Investigators have said a firefighter used a black marker to write “Do Not Enter Open Shaft” on the door a year ago, not long before the 54-year-old Gordon went through it as he searched for residents to rescue in the dark, smoky apartment complex.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that a plaque bearing Gordon’s name will be unveiled at Fire Station 14.