CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Fire Department announced that Fire Apparatus Operator Michael Thompson died suddenly this week.
"During his time with the City, Mike distinguished himself as a man of great faith and character," read a statement from Fire Chief Roy Winston. "He was an incredible firefighter who sought additional training opportunities and responsibilities, including becoming certified as an Ohio Paramedic, in the name of public service and a deep love for the communities he served.
"He touched the lives of many residents of Corryville, Oakley, College Hill, and Pleasant Ridge over the course of his exemplary career. He routinely went above and beyond the call of duty and earned multiple commendations for his actions in the field."
Thompson, who joined the department in February 1997, was promoted to fire apparatus operator in 2011.
Funeral details have not yet been released.
"Please join me in keeping the Thompson family and the entire Cincinnati Fire Department in your thoughts during this difficult time," Winston said.